Related to the Gilligan Cut and the Description Cut, this is a comic device that brackets a hard cut with two versions of the same line. The first may be straight or even deadly serious, but the repetition ends up being funny:
[Hard cut to Jilly in the forest]
Jilly: I'm freezing my butt off!
Or, on occasion, there will be a bit more irony present:
[Cut to much more sinister happenings in some sort of evil science lab]
Antagonist: This is it.
Note that when used in anime, this bit usually includes a Sneeze Cut from the referred person, because the Japanese are allergic to being talked about behind their backs.
This is Older Than Steam, being a classic trope of farce for several hundred years now.
Often used in the delivery of Hypocritical Humor. Compare with the plain old Ironic Echo, which comes several scenes later, and Strange Minds Think Alike. Another form of Tempting Fate. Not to be confused with Description Cut. Compare Immediate Self-Contradiction. Contrast Twisted Echo Cut, where the echoing scene is unrelated and the echo is coincidental.
- Two commercials for State Farm use this to demonstrate that moments of joy usually have a moment of misfortune to go with them:
- In one, a teenage girl discovers that her father bought her a car and talks about it with excitement. Her scenes are intercut with a businessman who's discovered that his own car has been stripped. The scenes with the girl and the the scenes with the businessman have the same dialogue delivered in different tones.
- In the other, a pair of women talk about the couch one of them just bought. When that sequence ends, we see a pair of burglars in the same room talking about the same couch which they're about to steal. Their conversation is exactly the same as the women's.
- This commercial for Smorz cereal is basically a succession of this. One boy has a terrible experience trying to make s'mores at a campfire in the woods while another boy enjoys Smorz cereal in his kitchen. They say the same things, but in different contexts.
- An anti-smoking PSA uses this for grim effect, cutting between smokers explaining how addicted they are and people suffering from smoking related illnesses (except for the last one):
Smoker: I can't go more than two hours without a cigarette.
Emphysema patient: I can't go more than two steps without my oxygen tank.
Smoker: The last time I tried to quit, I gained five pounds.
Cancer patient: I've lost twenty-five pounds.
Smoker: I can't get out of bed without a cigarette.
Emphysema patient: I can't get out of bed.
Smoker: No, I don't think I can quit.
Doctor:(looking at medical scan) I don't think I can operate.
- Cross Game, with some nice post-cut sarcasm:
Aoba: I bet he's nervous like hell. After all, this is the first game he can't afford to lose.[Cut to Kou sleeping]Kou's mother (from downstairs): Kou! How long are you going to sleep? Don't you have a game today?Kou (half awake): Uh? Game? (Unfazed) God, I'm so nervous.
- Season 2, Episode 86 of Fairy Tail.
(while trying to find way through the labyrinth-like castle)
Lucy: "It honestly wouldn't surprise me if there was an amusement park here as well."
(cut to Gray, Natsu, Lucy looking stunned in front of an amusement park)
Lucy: "What? There really is an amusement park!"
- An omake in the Fullmetal Alchemist manga volumes, adapted into an episode of the 2003 anime, has this:
Ed has requested a battle with the Flame Alchemist, Roy Mustang, in lieu of the regular assessment.Mustang: Come on, the Fuhrer knows it wouldn't be fair with me against the kid. I'd love to show off my valor, but there's no way he's going to allow it.[Cut to a meeting with the Fuhrer]Bradley: That sounds like a very interesting fight. I'm going to allow the battle assessment.
- Variation: at one point in episode 31 of Soul Eater, Kid suggests to no one in particular that they should have a party. One title card later, we cut to a party being held in his house.
- At one point in Seitokai Yakuindomo, Suzu accidentally fell on top of Takatoshi, and was seen by Mrs. Hagimura. The same stance, at the same time, in another location (on a field trip), is used with Shino... and a deer. Strange Minds Think Alike ensues.
(In the Hagimura residence...)
Mrs. Hagimura: Oh, my! Are you satisfied already?
Aria: Whoa! Are you satisfied already?
- A double example in Toradora!:
[Ryuuji has just run away after getting tongue-tied trying to talk to Minori.]Taiga: What a dumbass.[cut to the vending machine area]Ryuuji: Argh! I'm such a dumbass! Why did I run away? Sometimes I wish everything would just burn to the ground.[cut to classroom]Yuri-sensei: The whole thing just burned to the ground! (That would be the hotel in Okinawa that was the original Class Trip destination.)
- In a scene from ElfQuest, both Leetah and Two-Edge say "I lost." Leetah has been trying to save a life, while Two-Edge has been playing a deadly game with everybody's lives.
- Runaways combined this with a subversion of the Evil Laugh. For full effect, Old Lace is a Deinonychus.
Mr. Wilder: I have no doubt [the children] are plotting to destroy us even as we speak.*Cut*Molly: Bwa ha ha! I just put a hat on Old Lace! That is freaking hilarious.
- Empowered, when her wall clinging ability manifested.
Thugboy and Ninjette: Didn't know she could do that.Empowered: Didn't know that I could do this...
- Great Lakes Initiative has just saved Christmas from a D List Villain, when this ironic echo cut appears:
Flatman: Man, I wish Squirrel Girl was here. This's our biggest adventure in months and she's missing it.*Cut to Squirrel Girl*Uatu the Watcher: Congratulations, Squirrel Girl. By defeating Thanos, you have saved the entire multiverse. I wish I could have helped, but as a Watcher I am forbidden to interfere.Squirrel Girl: Hey, that's okay, Uatu. Still, I can't believe me and Tippy-Toe took out the real Thanos!Uatu the Watcher: Yes, Squirrel Girl, with my cosmic senses, I can confirm that that is, in fact, the one true Thanos, and not a robot, clone, or simulacrum.
- Well, it's older than the internet, at least. Orphan Annie does this!
- Used far, far too often in Dork Tower.
- From issue #3 of The Ren & Stimpy Show comic book:
Ren: "Can't you see that Blammo Toys ees an eeveel corporation, targeting mindless eediots, like you, and taking them for everything they've got?!
Stimpy: Gee, Ren, I'm sure that's not the case...
[Meanwhile at Blammo HQ...]
Executive #1: Ha! Yet again we've targeted mindless idiots like Stimpson J. Cat!
Executive #2: And took them for everything they had!
- Laff-A-Lympics: Some athletes gave taped interviews.
Blue Falcon: We do it for sport! Only a disreputable and vile person would be interested in the cash prize.Dread Baron: I am only interested in the cash prize!
- In The Lion King, Timon's plan to distract the hyenas.
Simba: C'mon, Timon, you guys have got to create a diversion.
Timon: What do you want me to do? Dress in drag and do the hula?!
(cut to Timon wearing a lei and hula skirt to Hawaiian music)
- In the Kung Fu Panda short "Secrets of the Furious Five", there's a cut involving Po's narration of the scene where Mantis is captured by crocodile bandits.
(montage of Mantis's struggles inside his cage)
Po: No matter how hard he tried, Mantis could not escape!
(cut to close-up of Mantis)
Mantis: No matter how hard I try, I cannot escape!
- In Toy Story 2, Deluded Buzz, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky, Hamm, and Rex are in a ventilation shaft in Al's apartment to rescue Woody. They look through the grate and mistakenly think Woody is being tortured.
- Wreck-It Ralph:
Mary: He's not serious, is he?
- Played for Drama after Ralph has stormed out of the penthouse celebration, determined to earn a medal.
Gene, scoffing: Of course he's not serious.
Ralph, to the bartender of Tapper: I've never been more serious in my life.
Ralph: (wincing) Sheesh, it looks like she built it herself.
- It also has this when Vanellope shows off her kart, the "Lickety-Split", which is notably less impressive than the other racers'.
Vannelope: (smugly) Built it myself.
- In Inside Out, After Riley gets sent to her room by her father, the father's emotions celebrate:
Dad's Anger: [while Dad's emotions cheer on] Good job, gentlemen! That could've been a disaster!
[Meanwhile in Mom's head, all the emotions share a Disapproving Look]
Mom's Sadness: [deadpan] Well, that was a disaster.
[Inside Riley's Mom's head]
- Unfortunately for her, Riley's Mom isn't immune to this effect either:
Mom's Sadness: Let's probe, but do it subtly, so that she doesn't suspect.
Mom: So, Riley, how was school?
[Inside Riley's head]
Anger: She's probing us.
Joy: This is working!
- Riley's Joy ends up being on both sides of one of these.
[Cut to a few hours latter]
Joy: (groans) This is not working.
- Hoodwinked does the inversion variety.
Red Puckett: [voiceover] With the Goodie Bandit on the loose, recipes were becoming an endangered species. I decided to call Granny. If anyone would know what to do, she would.[Cuts to Granny knitting while on the phone]
Granny Puckett: I don't know what to do. I'm just a tired old lady.
- Shrek the Third does this pretty early in the film.
Shrek: Well, somebody better be dying!
[cut to King Harold on his deathbed]
King Harold: I'm dying.
- In Ratchet & Clank (2016), at the end of Captain Qwark's recruitment speech for the Galactic Rangers on Veldin, Captain Qwark says that "If you have heart, then you have what it takes." One cut later...
Qwark: You don't have what it takes.
Ratchet: But I have heart.
- In Smurfs: The Lost Village, when the Smurfs go underground to enter the forest:
Brainy: Whatever you do, don't eat all your rations.
Clumsy: (covered in Smurfberry juice) I just ate all my rations!
Roxanne: Since you left, evil is running rampant through the streets.
Megamind: I'm so tired of running rampant through the streets.
- From Cats Don't Dance, underlining a Gilligan Cut:
Sawyer: I can't do this.
Sawyer: I can't do this.
Sawyer: I can't believe I'm doing this...
- From The Chipmunk Adventure:
Simon: They're going to sacrifice Theodore tonight!
Alvin: Over my dead body!
Cut to the three of them suspended over a crocodile pit, about to be sacrificed.
Simon: You mean over our dead bodies!
- An example without the cut: Austin Powers in Goldmember.
Austin: (To his father) Like I'd ever let Goldmember get away.
(Foxxy Cleopatra enters the shot)
Foxxy: Austin? Goldmember's getting away.
- This is almost James Rhodes (Terrence Howard)'s entire purpose in the Iron Man film.
- The man in action:
Rhodey: Now, what am I supposed to tell the press?
Stark: Ah...training exercise, isn't that the usual BS?
Rhodey: It's not that simple.
* Cut to Rhodey in front of the press*
Rhodey: An unfortunate training exercise...
- The man in action:
- Used often in Forrest Gump, sometimes with the variation of having Forrest mention something another character would say, only to cut to that character repeating it again.
Forrest Gump: Mama always said life was like a box a chocolates, never know what you're gonna get.*Cut*Mrs. Gump: Life's a box of chocolates, Forrest. You never know what you're gonna get.Mrs. Gump: Remember what I told you, Forrest. You're no different than anybody else is. Did you hear what I said, Forrest? You're the same as everybody else. You are no different.*Cut*Principal: Your boy's...different, Ms. Gump.Forrest Gump: Lieutenant Dan was always getting these funny feelings about a rock or a trail or the road, so he'd tell us to get down, shut up.*Cut*Lieutenant Daniel Taylor: Get down! Shut up!Forrest Gump: Bubba knew everything there is to know about the shrimpin' business.*Cut*Bubba: I know everything there is to know about the shrimpin' business.Forrest Gump: Momma had all sorts of visitors.*Cut*Mrs. Gump: We had all sorts of visitors.
- From City of God:
Knockout: Why didn't he kill me?*Cut to Ze. Ze stops walking, turns around, thinking.*Ze: Why didn't I kill him?
- In Singles, Linda is talking with her girlfriends after she and Steve have their initial one-night stand:
Linda: This guy plays no games.*Cut to Steve, talking with his friends*Steve: I've got to play this one perfectly.
- Clear and Present Danger: An American sniper is targeting a drug lord's house for a laser-guided bomb when a garish yellow truck drives up to the house. His reaction is echoed by the drug lord.
Sniper: Oh, what the hell is this?Cut to the drug lordDrug Lord: What the hell is this?
- From The Fifth Element:
Cornelius: We're saved.*Cut*Zorg: I'm screwed.
Zorg: This case is empty.*Scene switch*[Leeloo laughs]Cornelius: What do you mean, empty?*Scene switch*Zorg: Empty. The opposite of full.
- The Fifth Element did these cuts often and did them well.
- From The Family Stone:
Everett: (To his fiancée that he's about to introduce to his family) Don't worry, they're going to love you.*CutAmy, Everett's sister: I hate her.
- Used straight in Fright Night (1985), when Charlie tries to reveal what's moved in next door. In this case, the humor comes from the tone of voice: his mother's response is perplexed, as if she isn't even certain what a vampire is, whereas Amy's is outraged that he'd expect her to swallow such an apparent load of hooey. The possibility he might actually know what he's talking about doesn't even occur to either.
Charlie: He's a vampire!Charlie's mom: A what?*Cut*Charlie's girlfriend: A what?!
- Inverted in Grosse Pointe Blank:
Martin:There's a contract out on your life. Believe me. I was hired to kill you, but I'm not going to do it. It's either because I'm in love with your daughter or because I have a new-found respect for life.*Cut*Grosser: (following in van) That punk is either in love with that guy's daughter or he has a new-found respect for life!
- Used in Finding Forrester, with Forrester giving Jamal romantic advice.
Forrester: The key to a woman's heart is an unexpected gift at an unexpected time.*Cut*Claire: (opening a present) This is so unexpected!
- The live action film George of the Jungle invokes this trope as much as possible.
- In the film version of Catch-22, Colonel Cathcart and Colonel Korn have had enough of Yossarian's troublemaking, and end the meeting with a vow to (metaphorically) "kick him in the balls!" Cut to Yossarian getting literally kneed in the groin by a nurse he'd gotten a little too overly friendly with.
- Judge Dredd: a number of these are chained together, with similar shots and dialogue being used to contrast Dredd's imprisonment and Chief Justice Fargo's "retirement".
- In Downstairs, one of the servants at the mansion is counting off the cocktail glasses being set on a tray for the big party. Cut, without missing a beat and with the numbers in sequence, to Karl the evil chauffeur counting the money he's stolen from Sophie the too-trusting cook.
- The Slipper and the Rose: The morning after the ball, Cinderellas stepmother and her stepsisters Palatine and Isobella, still in pajamas, are dizzily gushing and bragging about their fabulous time.
Palatine: (stares dreamily) I wonder what The Prince is doing today?(Cut to an angry Prince Edward at his castle)Edward: ILL tell you what The Prince is going to do today !
- Looney Toons Back In Action;
Bugs Bunny: If I know Daffy, he's probably already hit the road by now.
(Cut to Daffy being tossed out of a moving car and landing on the highway)
- John Ringo tends to have these in his books, especially at chapter transitions. Watch on the Rhine, written by Tom Kratman, as part of Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenata note has them nearly every scene change.
- The four Sonic the Hedgehog novels by Martin Adams love this trope, but in that case it tends to be a character's voice echoing the narrator or another character's thought processes.
- The Discworld novel Moving Pictures has a scene where a cinema owner is imagining what two film stars are doing, unaware that they don't know they're stars, and the male lead is now working as an assistant horse holder.
Prob'ly eating caviar off of golden plates, and lounging around up to their knees in velvet cushions, you bet.
"You look up to your knees in it, lad," said the horse holder.
- Making Money has one with a Bucket Booby-Trap at the Fools' Guild. Vetinari knows it's there and pokes above the door with his walking stick to keep it from landing on him and Moist. He says "I don't know why they persist in doing this. It isn't funny, and someone could get hurt." Then "There was a groan from the other side of the door." So someone did get hurt by the trap. Then again, Vetinari probably doesn't care what happens to a Fool.
- In Catch-22:
Appleby was a fair-haired boy from Iowa who believed in God, Motherhood, and the American Way of Life, without ever thinking about any of them, and everybody who knew him liked him."I hate that son of a bitch," Yossarian growled.
- From the tenth Ranger's Apprentice book, when Alyss and Evanlyn propose setting out on their own to get reinforcements for battle:
Alyss: It's such a logical idea, [Halt] can hardly say no, can he?*Cut*Halt: No! No, no, no — and, just in case you missed it the first time, no.
- There's an unspoken one in one of Isaac Asimov's Black Widowers stories, when a very forgetful man has misplaced the card on which he'd written some information he desperately needs. The Widowers agree not to ask Henry, despite all his previous successes, because there's no way he could just "pull the answer out of a hat" in this situation. Then Henry enters with the card in question; the guest had absentmindedly handed it to Henry when he arrived, along with his hat and coat, and Henry tucked the card into the man's hat for storage. So he did pull the answer out of a hat — but no one points this out.
- Red Storm Rising: In a tank battle in Germany under low cloud cover, both sides express their disgust with prevailing conditions.
- "Ivan must love this weather," an American tank commander muses, because the clouds are so low that NATO anti-tank aircraft have almost no time to spot targets.
- "The Americans must love this weather," a Russian general complains a few paragraphs later, because the clouds are so low that his anti-aircraft forces have almost no time to respond to American anti-tank aircraft.
- From A Rising Thunder, on the revelation that Manticore and Haven have joined forces in a military alliance against Mesa and the Solarian League:
Honor Harrington: ...and I don't think Mesa's going to be a bit happy about that![new chapter begins]Albrecht Detweiler: What did you say??
- From Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception: "No one could pretend to be in a coma for over a year. Surely not. A fairy would have to be totally obsessed. ... ... Chapter 1: Totally Obsessed"
- In Awake in the Night Land, one of the characters talk about his plan to domesticate some feral monsters, then there is a laughter echoing from a distant place called The Country Whence Comes The Great Laughter. The narrator notes that this was more fitting than any answer she could think.
- 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd: Gwen's dad has suggested she get a part-time job to pay for an expensive watch she wants.
Gwen: Oh, no. Working in a fast food restaurant? There is nothing more humiliating than that.
** Cut to her brother, Justin, who has been stuffed in a basketball hoop*
Justin: Oh, man. This is even more humiliating than working in a fast food restaurant.
- According to Jim has Jim in a speed-eating contest during a family picnic. His wife urges him to stop, and he replies: "They'd have to pump out my stomach first!" Cut to the next scene where paramedics carry Jim off to hospital, saying: "He'll be all right after we pump out his stomach."
- Angel. After Angel walks out on their Ragtag Bunch of Misfits Cordelia sarcastically hopes that he's happy now, "all alone in his demon world with no one to talk to." Cut to Angel Perp Sweating a demon who's shouting, "I'll talk!"
- Arrested Development frequently uses it straight, but it's subverted in the first season finale when twice, after baldfaced lies, it cuts to an insert saying "FOOTAGE NOT FOUND."
- Boy Meets World has this in the episode "Train of Fools":
Cory: Oh Eric, don't you worry about that, I'm not gonna do anything stupid.(cut to next scene)Eric: Cory, how could you do something so stupid?
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
Harmony: I know you're in there! (Cut to her talking to Xander) What do you mean she's not in there?
- The episode "Earshot" takes this a bit further, as the 'echo' comes from what Cordelia is thinking, before she speaks — while everyone else is thinking one thing and saying another, Cordelia thinks "I don't see what this has to do with me" then repeats that exact phrase out loud.
- Delayed echoes are also used in "Life Serial", in which each act begins with Buffy saying "This is gonna be great" as she prepares for her next new job.
- From "The Zeppo"
Xander: Oh man, I'm out of my league. I gotta find Buffy. She'll know what to do.Buffy: (To Angel) I don't know what to do!
- Harmony turns up at Buffy's house with a gang of vampires, demanding she come out and die. Unfortunately Buffy is elsewhere.
- In the Season 9 comic, "Women of a Certain Age" two panels juxtaposed, each panel showing one of Giles' aunts, with opposing views of how they feel about Angel trying to resurrect Giles. One thinks he really will succeed and one of them thinks he shouldn't try because he wouldn't.
- In Castle, in which Beckett is discussing finally ending the unending UST between her and Castle:
Beckett: So then, what do I do?Beckett's psychiatrist: What do you want to do?(Cut to Castle and his new, totally-unlike-Beckett muse)Ethan Slaughter: I'd tell you what I'd do. I'd go all caveman on that partner of yours, show her what time it is in real-man land.
Castle: With any luck, we'll id this guy before Ryan even traces that call!
- In another episode:
(Cut to the police station)
Ryan: What do you mean, you can't trace the call? Why the hell not?
- In the Charmed episode "Pardon My Past", Phoebe discovers that she was evil in a past life, but her vision lacks details. To get them, she decides to go to the only person from her vision who's likely to still be alive, who was a kid at the time.
Phoebe: I just hope she's forgotten what I did to her doll.
(Cut to a nursing home)
Christina Larson: My dolly! You broke my dolly!
- In the Corner Gas episode "Oh, Baby", Brent is babysitting an out-of-control child but he says he won't call Emma for help because, "I'm a grown man. He's six. I should be able to handle it." Cut to Emma on the phone with Brent, saying, "You're a grown man. He's six."
- Coupling does it a lot, generally involving the two genders talking alone. One of the best examples: Susan has found a porn video in Steve's VCR.
Patrick: You can't tell anything from a title like Inferno.
Steve: Patrick, Inferno isn't the full title.
Patrick: Well, how bad can it be?
Sally: Lesbian Spank Inferno?!
- Cutthroat Kitchen:
Alton: Everybody loves cupcakes!Chef Neal: (on the Confession Cam) I hate cupcakes.
- At the start of the final round of "I Would Do Anything For Loaf", when Alton announces that the dish is cupcakes:
Joel: I just see Chef Dean grabbing tons of savory items. He looks like he's never made a corn muffin in his entire life.Dean: I've never made a corn muffin in my entire life.
- The corn muffin challenge gets one, when a pair of Confession Cam moments happen to align perfectly:
- Eureka, in one episode, has one foot in this trope and the other in Description Cut.
Cut to Carter, Henry, and Stark crouching in the bushes, Carter holding a huge gun.STARK: You sure you know what you're doing?CARTER: I have no idea.
- Emergency!, in one of the last episodes, two different conversations cut on two words:
Marco: He (Captain Stanley) really did that (burn a superior's hat early in his career)? (Beat) Well, that's insane!
(Cut to Dr. Brackett's office at Rampart Hospital)
Dr. Brackett: He did what (a TV producer whose star is in the hospital is bringing his crew to the hospital to film on location)? That's insane!
- Father Ted does this frequently.
- For example, in the first episode, Ted is delighted that he has been chosen to be interviewed for a TV programme on priests on remote islands. Cut to the office of the producers which shows that he was about the fiftieth choice.
- From Tentacles of Doom: Ted says that all sorts of care and consideration go into the changing of the official class of holy relics. Cut to an office in the Vatican, where a priest idly presses a button on his computer keyboard and says "What about the Holy Stone of Clonrichert?" Second priest, not even looking up from his newspaper: "Whatever."
Zoe: First rule of battle, little one: don't ever let 'em know where you are.
- An example without the cut is in the episode "The Message":
Enter Mal, whooping and hollering
Mal: Whoo-hoo! I'm right here! I'm right here! You want a piece o' me?!
Zoe: 'Course, there are other schools of thought.
Book: "No... I only bury the dead, child. No one here's gonna die.Cut to a different roomJayne: "There's people gonna die."
- And a traditional one in the first episode: Mal tells Simon that Kaylee has died of a gunshot wound - after earlier promising that if she died, Simon and his sister would follow. When Simon finds out that Kaylee is alive and well, he says, stunned, "That man is psychotic." Cut to Mal, Jayne, Zoe and Wash laughing hysterically, as Wash chokes out, "You are psychotic!" (Mal, grinning, concedes, "I am a bad, bad man.")
- Later, when being interrogated by Alliance officers, Zoe brushes off questions about her and Wash by saying they're "very private people". Cut to Wash saying that the first thing that attracted him to her was her legs.
- A rather dark one in Heart of Gold:
- Joss Whedon is simply the MASTER of this technique and variations there-of. It's gotta be like half of the humor element of any of his shows (especially the darker ones).
- When Ed was asking Parker's son Dean how he managed to convince his father to let him go on an escort ride with the team, Dean says it was because Clark (Ed's son) was interested in going too. Cut to Clark who looked bored and uninterested in another car.
- In another episode, a husband tells the team how he regretted cheating on his wife with an old friend while said friend thought differently.
Josh: That one night was the biggest mistake of my life.(cut scene)Hannah: It was the night that was always meant to be.
Wilson: This is exactly the type of thing you would do.
- "Humpty Dumpty": Dr. Cuddy was advocating a dangerous treatment, forcing House into the unusual role of being the voice of caution.
House: Well, obviously.
After cut, Stacy tells Cuddy: It's actually the type of thing he'd do.
- When the team makes the correct diagnosis in "Daddy's Boy":
House: Do a pet scan. Check his cervical spine. It's not gonna be good news. (Cut)Foreman: (To the patient's father) Mr. Hall, it's not good news.
- Occurs in several episodes of Frontline. In one instance, Emma accuses the producer of feeding the controversy around a supposedly racist writer the show has been attacking. Mike responds, ''What, you think we sat at a whiteboard and mapped this whole thing out?" Cut to Marty, who is planning the week's stories on the writer on the whiteboard.
- The Grey's Anatomy episode "I Saw What I Saw" does this repeatedly, as a series of past events is pieced together from stories told to a review board.
Lexie: Dr. Karev seemed to have it under control.Dr. Adamson: Karev seemed totally out of control.
- In How I Met Your Mother, Ted and Robin have just had their first fight, and are talking it over with their respective best friends:
Lily: He's upset because you won't listen to him, not because you don't like some movie.Ted: HOW DO YOU NOT LIKE FIELD OF DREAMS?!
Ted: Robin, there is some pretty tough stuff on that list. (Laughs) Do you really think Barney's going to get his ear pierced?(Cut to Barney coming in with a roll of tape on his ear)Barney: Get ear pierced! Check. Alright, I'm off to go do laundry at mom's house.
- In "Murtaugh", when Robin asks Ted if he thinks Barney can accomplish everything on the list:
Lily: It's been four months since you broke up with Barney. It's time to get back on the market.Marshall: Yeah, Barney's been seeing girls, and he couldn't be happier!Barney: I couldn't be more unhappy!
- From Of Course:
- In the Law & Order: UK episode "Vice", a car thief has the misfortune of being arrested for breaking into car that just happens to have a dead body in it.
Perp: I didn't do it! I didn't do it!
(cut to next morning)
CSU: He didn't do it. Must've been there ten, twelve hours.
- Malcolm in the Middle thrived on this trope.
- When trying to clear Craig's apartment of dozens of cats, Lois says, "Hold on, I have an idea!" Cut to the characters sitting in the same position in an apartment that was recently ravaged by fire with Lois saying, "O.K., that was a really bad idea." Hal tops it off with, "I don't think I've ever seen cats move that fast before."
- Malcolm and his brothers are confined to their room and trying to orchestrate an escape. Malcolm's brothers appeal to his genius intellect to devise a plan which leads to Malcolm saying, "O.K., here's what we're going to do." Cut to a shot of Lois opening the bedroom door only to see the boys inexplicably wrapped head to toe in tin-foil, precariously balanced on some stacked stools, and reaching towards the ceiling fan with a broom handle. When they see their mother, they panic and come crashing to the floor. Malcolm turns to the camera and exclaims, "Well, it seemed like a good idea!"
- Parodied in Pablo Francisco's "Movie Previews Guy" skit, during a Keanu Reeves movie trailer.
Preview Guy: They knew too much.Keanu: We know too much!Preview Guy: They went too far.Keanu: We went too far!Preview Guy: Those are my lines!Keanu: Those are his lines!
Ziva: Alright, but I thought maybe you needed a little cheering up.
- Another cut-less example when Ziva worries about Tony feeling down after his breakup with Jeanne.
Tony: If I needed to be cheered up, I would've put superglue on McGee's keyboard.
(Shift focus to McGee holding up a keyboard stuck to his hands.)
McGee: You put superglue on my keyboard.
- An earlier episode used the traditional cut.
Kate:(In Paraguay) The best part? No Gibbs checking up on us.
(Cut to Washington with a map showing their location via GPS)
Gibbs: What the hell are they doing?
- Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: After dodging his crazy vice-principal, Ned is stuck wearing a Wild Boy t-shirt and grass skirt from the museum gift shop.
Ned: I'm supposed to meet Suzy for lunch! What am I gonna tell her? "I saw the Wild Boy skirt and I just had to have it"?
Cut to him and Suzy
Ned: Then I saw the Wild Boy skirt, and I said, "I just have to have it!"
- Newswipe uses this as a Take That! in one episode, where it shows footage of an interview of a criminal psychologist on what TV news shows shouldn't do whenever a mass murder takes place (such as turning the murderer into an Anti-Hero), intercut with images of news shows doing exactly that.
- One Foot in the Grave:
- Victor: *Cheerfully* Gorgeous. The sort of day that actually makes you glad you're alive.[Cut to Victor and Margaret trapped in a shed by a huge swarm of angry bees.]Victor: Oh God, I wish I was dead!
- In the Scrubs episode where the Janitor gets to narrate, this trope is slightly modified by contrasting the Janitor's inner monologue with JD's inner monologue.
Janitor [inner monologue]: Now help him up so he still thinks there's hope yet for our relationship.JD [inner monologue]: Even though the Janitor had basically kidnapped me and imprisoned me for a day in a water tower, as he helped me up, I couldn't help but feel there was hope yet for our relationship.
- In the "Whoever Did This" episode of The Sopranos, there's a darkly funny example of this trope: Ralphie's son Justin is tragically injured, and he suffers signicant blood loss and brain damage, with doctors saying that he could potentially end up being disabled. Later on, as Ralphie sits besides Justin's hospital bed, Rosalie Aprile comes in to the room. She consoles him, saying:
- Rosalie: Justin's gonna be alright. You'll see. He's gonna be fine.[Cut to Rosalie talking to Carmela over dinner at a restaurant]Rosalie: He's gonna be a vegetable.
- In the Stargate Atlantis episode "The Kindred", Teyla claims to be having visions of her lover, who's currently being held captive. McKay lists all the equally weird things that have happened to him since arriving in Atlantis and says, "If you say it was a vision, I believe it was a vision." Cut to him walking down the hall with Sheppard, saying, "I seriously doubt it was a vision."
- In the Stargate SG-1 episode "The Quest", Vala Mal Doran says, earnestly, regarding the map to the Holy Grail, "we would never dream of stealing it!" Cut to the team in a pub, where Vala says, "we have to steal it."
- That '70s Show
Max: The point is, we're selling an image here, and an available Hot Donna is good for ratings.Donna: Oh. Well, what the hell. Eric won't have a problem with this.Cut to Eric in his basement.Eric: What the hell? I have a problem with this!
- In the episode "Radio Daze", Donna has just said over the radio that she doesn't have a boyfriend:
Eric: Hey, I sang to Donna. Yeah, she kinda melted. I mean, she called me a dink, but I don't think she meant it.Donna: Eric was such a dink tonight. And I mean it.
- In "Burning Down the House" (though using a split screen instead of a cut):
Eric: (Kelso drives away in the Vista Cruiser) Donna, he's kidding. He wouldn't ditch us.Later...Eric: He ditched us!Fez: Dont worry. I'll go and get the money and come back. You can trust me.Later...Donna: Hes not coming back!Eric: And we trusted him!Jackie: I'm just gonna call my dad, and he'll come pay for our dinner.Eric: Okay, but, Jackie, if you dont come back...Jackie: Eric, please. I'm not immature like those idiots.Later...Donna: She is immature like those idiots!
- Repeatedly when the gang has no money for the restaurant bill in "Dine and Dash".
Hyde: Secretly, I think girls love sex just as much as we do.Eric: (scoffs) Yeah, right!Jackie: (To Donna) If guys find out we like sex just as much as they do, we'll never get jewelry again!
- That 70's Show just loves this trope, mostly in their split-screen conversations, with four characters discussing the same thing from two different points of view. An example:
- In The Young Ones episode "Boring", this dialog is said at the end of the "underground world" scene
KING: What I want is to meet someone who is totally and utterly mind numbingly boring! But I suppose I never will.[cut back to house. Mike and Rick are at the table, Vyvyan is on the couch. Neil enters]NEIL: I suppose it's because I'm so mind numbingly boring that I never get to meet any interesting people.
- A scene from The Golden Girls has Dorothy, visiting the concession stand Sophia (her mother) and Max (then-husband of Sophia) are running at the time. Dorothy worries that the weather might cause Sophia to get sick. Sophia responds with, "Please, I haven't had a cold for 40 years!" Cue the cut, followed by Max and Sophia being sick and treated at home, while the latter moans: "This is the worst cold I've had in 40 years."
- Top Gear: in the Source of the Nile special, at one point they get into an Escalating War of stealing bits off each other's cars. When Jeremy "Cackhands" Clarkson had hacked a sizeable chunk out of James "Suspected Obsessive Compulsive Disorder" May's bonnet, Richard Hammond explains that knowing James, he won't be as angry about the fact of the theft as he will be about the clumsy execution. Cut to May giving Clarkson a bollocking about how cack-handed a job he did.
- In the Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps episode "Momo and Piggsy", Johnny declares that, in the short time after Donna and Gary's argument, he will already be sitting on the couch in his undies, picking his nose and bum at the same time. Donna argues that Gary wouldn't degenerate so quickly. Guess what we jump to right after she says that...
- In the White Collar episode "Forging Bonds", while they are discussing the past investigation of Neal's crimes, Peter tells a preening Neal that he wasn't that good. The show then goes into a flashback where Peter is saying "This guy is good!" The same episode also had Peter insisting they did not give him a cool nickname during the case before cutting to him referring to Neal as "James Bonds".
- Angie Tribeca: While driving, Tribeca tells Geils not to get attached to her because she's bad with partners. Cut to Geils holding a photo of the two of them in a "BFF" picture frame, then casually tossing it out the window.
- The Great British Bake Off:
- During the Baked Alaska challenge in series 5:
- During the first episode of series 4:
Mary Berry: [to the camera] I don't want to see just a classic Victoria sponge cake.
Contestant: Classic Victoria sponge cake. I think Mary Berry will be very pleased.
- During a vegetable cake challenge in one of the Comic Relief specials, a contestant remarks that in his opinion you'd have to be crazy to think a beetroot cake would be a good idea. Immediate cut to another contestant preparing a beetroot cake.
- Used in the Turn Left episode of Doctor Who. London gets destroyed in a nuclear explosion after a replica Titanic falls from the sky into Buckingham Palace. Consequently, England goes into total meltdown, and Wilfred comments that America are going to send England 50 billion pounds in financial aid, commenting "god bless America!". Cue an immediate cut to the line, "America is in crisis", on a news report about the deaths of over 60 million Americans in a a living-fat epidemic . It's obviously used for dramatic purposes, although it can come across as Black Comedy as well, given how it's execution.
- Red vs. Blue does this several times:
Church: Private Mickey was the first to go. He was halfway across the base when he started screaming bloody murder.
(Cut to Mickey spinning around and shooting)
Mickey: Bloody Murder! Bloody Murder!Church: Tex walked up to him, pulled Jimmy's skull right out of his head and beat him to death with it.
Tucker: Wait a second, how do you beat someone to death with their own skull? That doesn't seem physically possible!
Church: That's exactly what Jimmy kept screaming!
(Cut to Jimmy being beaten to death with his own skull)
Private Jimmy: This doesn't seem physically possible!Simmons: Grif, don't you understand that because we lost Sister, we're horribly outnumbered? We already lost Donut and Sarge, now it's four on two. The Blues are probably gearing up for an enormous attack right now! At any moment they're gonna come over that hill, guns blazing, yelling "CHAAAARGE!"
(Cut to the Blues, under attack)
Church: RETREEEAAATTTT!!!Church: Man, I hope Tucker's having an easier time with his part of the plan.
Tucker: Crap. This isn't going very well at all!Grif: I bet the Blues don't have to deal with anything this annoying.
Computer Phone Lady: To leave a callback number, press 11.
Church: There is no 11, you FUCKING WHORE!
Doc: Ooh, language!Donut: Okay, 'cause I'm saying right now, if they came at us with their tank, I'm gonna totally freak out.
(Cut to Tucker, Lopez, and Sheila)
Tucker: Man, I sure hope they don't totally freak out when they see us coming.
Donut: Oh no, it's true! I'm gonna freak out! I'M FREAKING OUT!Church: If he starts giving him mouth-to-mouth, I'm leaving.
(Cut to Simmons and Grif, trying to resuscitate Sarge)
Simmons: Maybe you should give him mouth-to-mouth.
(Cut back to Church and Sarge)
Church: I'm leaving.Tucker: He must be one smart sonuvabitch.
(Cut to Donut, completely lost with the flag)
Donut: Man, I am so freakin' lost!
Sarge: Let's say the Blues are launching a coordinated offensive.
- Beta Complex:
(Cut to Blue Team)
Church: Where the heck are we? I don't even know this map!
Tucker: Where are the weapons?
Caboose: Which base is ours?
- Yahtzee explains this in his Mortal Kombat episode thusly:
- This Calvin and Hobbes strip has Calvin imagining that he drank too much water and turned into a liquid. He figures that he can only survive if he can freeze himself solid until he can get medical attention.
Water Puddle Calvin: Unfortunately, as a liquid, Calvin can only run downhill! Can he make it? Can he make it??Real World Calvin: I don't think I'm gonna make it.
- In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series, during the description of the Guide's advice when falling from a great height, the narrator points out that the Guide does not mention the possibility that someone might survive by falling onto a large bird in flight because "the very idea is utterly ludicrous". Arthur, and later Ford and Zaphod then fall onto large passing birds who both remark:
Bird: Look, this is utterly ludicrous!
- In Cactus Flower, when Julian tells Toni that his wife wants a divorce because there's another man in her life, and Toni demands to meet him, he is suddenly horror-stricken and pounds the wall (which coincidentally is the signal for Igor to come on over) while repeatedly saying, "No, no, no!" The scene then fades out of Toni's apartment and fades in on Julian's office, where Stephanie, who already agreed to pretend to be Julian's wife, is saying the same thing to the idea of her having a pretend boyfriend. (The same cut occurs in the movie version.)
- Super Robot Wars Original Generation uses this very well. This major boss shows up and just kinda toys with the good guys before leaving. After the good guys get back to base, one guy remarks that the villain seemed to have been showing off, but another one blows him off, says that's something the protagonist would do instead. Cut to villain hideout. The Dragon notes that he was showing off, and the villain owns up to it.
Giado: Mon, I think he wuz just showing off! A mecha otaku, I swear!
Garnet: Can't be! He's not at all like Ryusei!
* Cut to enemy base*
Shuu: You were just showing off, weren't you?
Bian: ...Yeah, pretty much.
- Disgaea manages to use both versions at the same time!
Kurtis: There's no way Gordon's in trouble. He's probably already defeated the Overlord and is on a picnic somewhere going "La la laaa."
* Cut to Gordon, enslaved by the Overlord, on a picnic somewhere
Gordon: La la laaa!
- Alpha Protocol
Leland: I thought I'd underestimated you, but it looks like you were too dumb to figure it out.(Return to flashback)Mike: ...so they underestimated me and thought I was too dumb to figure it out!
- Portal 2:
GLaDOS: Well. This is the part where he kills us.Wheatley: Hello! This is the part where I kill you."Chapter 9: The Part Where He Kills You"Achievement Unlocked: "The Part Where He Kills You": This is that part.
- Although there is no actual Hard Cut or cut at all.
- From Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner
Strong Bad: Well, I didn't get a chance to pummel Homestar with my fists, or beat him in a race, but I did succeed in turning him into a publicly humiliated criminal fugitive without a girlfriend. And I didn't even have to use my A-K.Strong Bad enters his basement and finds Homestar seated on the couch.Homestar: Oh, hey Strong Bad.Strong Bad: Homestar?! What are you doing here in my hallowed halls?!Homestar: Now that I'm a publicly humiliated criminal fugitive without a girlfriend, you're the only friend I've got, so I'm gonna go ahead and crash here for a couple of weeks or years until I put my life back together.Strong Bad: Irony!
- From Ratchet & Clank (2016), we get one at the end of Captain Qwark's recruitment speech for the Galactic Rangers on Veldin.
Qwark: If you have heart, then you have what it takes.
[Cut to next scene]
Qwark: You don't have what it takes.
Ratchet: But I have heart.
- Bowser's Kingdom episode 6:
Hal: I wonder how Team Super Awesome Platinum Bros. are enjoying their vacation?
(Cut to Team Super Awesome Platinum Bros. Chomp Bro is in a tug-of-war with a Yoshi over Monty Mole.)
Monty Mole: Don't let go of me, guys! Please don't let me go!
Chomp Bro: I'll never let go, Monty!
(Pan right to Mouser and a pack of hungry Yoshis.)
- The Most Popular Girls in School: In Episode 75, after losing Saison, Rachel anticipates Brittnay's reaction for when she and Judith break the news.
Rachel: Come on, let's go get called fucking idiots by Brittnay.
(Cut to Jeannie's studio)
Brittnay: YOU FUCKING IDIOTS.
- Dominic Deegan does this fairly often.
- This Sequential Art strip.
- Reduced to parody in this episode of 8-Bit Theater.
- In Skin Horse, concerning things you really don't want to know.
- Referenced by name in another strip, where Sweetheart is reading this very page on TV Tropes, and complains that no one on their team gets to do anything cool anymore. Cut to Nick fighting a giant octopus in the middle of a typhoon.
- Also, this strip: "You know what we need? Tech support." (Cut to zombies eating the tech support guy) "You know what we need? Marinade."
- Tales of the Questor inverted this when the duke tries to hire Quentyn to slay a dragon.
- Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures
Alexsi: I've been kidnapped by my mom's boss... great. Of course this would happen on the day that I'm scheduled to show off Lost Lake!
- The webcomic one subverts the inverted form.
Destania: Oh, I'm sure the inn is fine, Alexsi.
Dan (shapeshifted as Alexsi): Over here is the doorway to the inn's guest rooms!
Reporter: I must say this place is very charming!
Dan: What did you expect? Comedic irony?
- Also parodied here.
- Happens twice in The Order of the Stick, combining with Villains Out Shopping.
- Used in Everyday Heroes here, and again here.
- Although it's technically not a "cut", this The Way of the Metagamer comic applies this trope to half its panels.
- In Ménage à 3, Didi decides that it's up to her to deflower Gary because "Every Man should know the intimate touch of a woman". Cut to Gary being pinned down by a nun-chuck twirling Yuki screaming "Die pervert!!!"
- Done in The KAMics in this comic
Child Heather: You're wrong, Ben! I will too be a superhero! The best superhero ever!
(Jump to present)
Cal Warden: You're the worst superhero ever!
Spinnerette: What, me?
- Looking for Group has a dramatic take on the trope when the King of Legara is killed, in a past flashback and in the present.
- Schlock Mercenary once closed the pre-cut part with "...hard to picture" and later had this cut doubled on the same page.
- In The Dragon Doctors, a serious example comes with the last comic of "The Fourth Breaking" (the interlude between Chapters 16 and 17), whcih ends with Rina saying, "My mother told me once that, on balance, the future is better than the past. Sometimes things get worse, much worse, but then they improve. I guess she was right." The next page is the title page of Chapter 17: "Things Get Much Worse".
- Something*Positive: Peejee stays home from her bar for the first time ever because she's sick. Davan reassures her that the bar won't burn down in her absence. Cut to what looks like the bar burning down...Luckily, it was the bar across the street, which Peejee hated because they painted it to look exactly like her bar.
- Happens in Erfworld here, after Vanna's spell prematurely ends Gobwin Knob's turn.
[At the tower balcony in Spacerock]
King Slately: Wait, how did you do this?
Jillian: Dunno. Must've been magic or something.
[Cut to the Gobwin Knob war room]
Stanley: How did they do that!
- Ménage à 3 demonstrates the trope here:
DiDi: No other girl will come between us!
Kiley: HOW DID I END UP BETWEEN TWO GIRLS?!!
- A variation in the REDEARTH 88 episode "Creepy Stalking 101":
Linc: I hate dogs.Cut to Bucket the dog bounding towards Linc, pulling Rachel along behind her.Rachel: Oh my God! She's friendly, I promise!Linc: Oh, I love dogs.
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged had a memorable scene in Episode 15, cutting between scenes of Frieza stating confidence in Dodoria's skills and Dodoria screwing up.
Zarbon: "How do you think Dodoria is doing out there?"Freeza: "We are talking about one of my finest soldiers, there is no way that they'll escape Dodoria's grasp."(Krillin head-butts Dodoria in the face and escapes.)Dodoria: "Ah, Dammit!"Zarbon: "But what if they have any tricks in their sleeves?"Freeza: "Come now Zarbon! We know Dodoria wouldn't let them out of sight!"(Krillin blinds Dodoria with a solar-flare, which includes a shot of Freeza in the shower.)Dodoria: "Ah, DAMMIT!!"Zarbon: "Still, sir, we have to remember that Vegeta is on the planet."Freeza: "Oh Please! Like Vegeta could even lay a hand on Dodoria."(Vegeta smacks Dodoria downwards.)Dodoria: "AH, DAMMIIIIIT!!!" *Splash*
- Suburban Knights has this gem as both teams learn simultaneously the location of the treasure:
Film Brain:"Oh, you've"The Nostalgia Chick:"Got to be"The Nostalgia Critic:"Kidding me! It's right back where we started?!"
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series:
Téa: "Dammit Yugi, touch my boobs!"Yugi: "I wonder what Tristan would do in this situation."(cut to Tristan and Duke in a forest)Tristan: (to Duke) "I'm gonna touch your boobs!"
- There is one in the "Cancelled Series" arc in season 3:
Ishizu (narrating): Something told me that Marik wouldn't be forgetting his experiences on the surface for a long time.Marik: I am not going to forget my experiences on the surface for a long time.
- And another one, with Ishizu's narration:
- Used all over the place in 'AZ: Sword Art Online IN 5 MINUTES'
Narrator: "Two months have passed, and two thousand people have died."[cut to Diavel standing in front of the first raid Boss Room]Diavel: "Too many people have died! So, your only objective of this raid is 'Don't die!'"[cut to Diavel lying wounded on the ground]Diavel: "Oh god, I'm dying..."
Leafa/Suguha: "You have black hair and you're really good at video games! Just like my brother!"Kirito: "You have very big breasts, just like my sister!"Leafa/Suguha: "Did I ever tell you I was in love with my brother?"Kirito: "Wow, it would sure suck if I was your brother!"[cut to Kirito and Suguha meeting in the real world.]Suguha: "You're my brother?!"Kirito: "I'm your brother?!"Suguha: "Fuck!"Kirito: "Fuck!"
- Also used rapid fire with Kirito and Suguha in the second arc.
- Videogamedunkey's review of Star Wars Battlefront II (2017) begins with a clip of his (cautiously optimistic) first impressions on the game from E3 2017:
They're definitely making steps in the right direction...but this is EA, OK? They'll find some way to fuck it up.
They found a way to fuck it up.
- Inverted echo example: Hey Arnold!, "Cool Party": Gerald is certain that he's cool enough to be invited to Rhonda's party, mostly because his best friend Arnold has already been invited as well. Hard cut to Rhonda telling her best friend Nadine that Gerald has been put on the geek list, much to Nadine's surprise...and Gerald's when he finds out from Phoebe.
- In fact, they played this trope into the ground over the course of the series.
- Rocket Power: Otto, wanting to go surfing while playing hooky, thinks he has tricked his dad into giving him surfboards for him and Sam via a phone call. He hangs up.
Otto: Relax, dude. Raymondo totally bought it.
* Cut to Raymondo hanging up as well*
Ray: Oh, man, I didn't buy that for a second.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog used this to do a Double Subversion of the Gilligan Cut in an episode where Muriel received free tickets for an ocean liner. Eustace, her husband, isn't interested.
Eustace: I'm not getting out of this chair.
Gilligan Cut to ocean liner at sea. The scene changes to Eustace on the deck...still in his chair from the previous scene.
Eustace: Nope, I'm not getting out of this chair.
- Even funnier when the ocean liner is being attacked, and Eustace and the chair are sent flying...Eustace still refuses to leave his chair. He then spends the rest of the episode complaining, "Where's my chair?"
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Aang's trying to sabotage a Fire Nation war machine, but the Earthbenders nearly hit him with friendly fire.
Aang: *Calling up to them* General Sun, tell your soldiers to stop shooting rocks down here!
Sun: *not hearing Aang over the noise* Soldiers, whatever you do, don't stop shooting rocks down there!
- The Simpsons does a variant of this using a single character then proceeds to give it a good old Lampshade Hanging.
Homer: "Thanks Moe, how can I ever repay you?"Moe: "Hey, some things mean more to me than money."[Cut to Moe being given several wads of money]Moe: "Like a whole lot of money!"Soldier: "Why did you just say that sentence fragment?"
Homer: (Sobbing) Forget you, pal. Thanks for nothing.[Cut to Homer retelling story to family.]
- In "Simpson and Delilah", when Homer tried to buy a hair regrowth serum, but can't because it's way out of his price range. This upsets him:
Moe: Homer, you idiot.Homer: Homer, you genius!
- And an inverted echo, in "Dumbbell Indemnity" when Homer fails an initial plan to crash Moe's car in an insurance scam and tries an alternate plan in full view of witnesses (including Moe):
Reverend Lovejoy: Be strong, Marge, I'm sure he's gone to a better place.Homer: D'oh! Ew...this is the worst place yet. note
- Also inverted at the end of the "Treehouse of Horror VI" story "Homer^3":
- In "Hurricane Neddy", a hurricane passes through Springfield. Afterwards, the Simpsons are amazed to find their house intact, which leads Marge to remark "It just goes to show you that everything will work out if you have faith." We immediately pan to the home of the devout Flanders family, which is completely destroyed. Ned gets up from the ruins, muttering "It's all gone... everything... gone-diddly-on..."
- In Season 7 of Futurama, Fry is promoted to "Executive Delivery Boy". Hermes turns to Leela and says "It's a meaningless title that helps insecure people feel better about themselves." Fry then says, "I feel better about myself!"
- SpongeBob SquarePants
Squidward: (Leaves the box) All right, fine. If you dont want to show me, I dont care! Ive got better things to do than pace the floor wondering how you two work this thing.(Cut back to Squidward's house)
- In "Banned in Bikini Bottom" when Mrs. Gristlepuss shows up and says that she thinks Krabby Patties are too fun, Krabs says to SpongeBob that she can't close them down. Cut to Krabs, SpongeBob and Squidward standing outside a closed Krusty Krab, with Mr. Krabs shouting, "She closed us down!"
- The episode "Idiot Box" is full of these.
- After a failed attempt to find out how the box keeps getting the sound effects:
Squidward: (Pacing the floor) How do those two work that thing?
Squidward: (Sitting in a chair) Ill wait all night if I have to!
- When he had finally found a plan to find out the secret of the box:
(Cut back to him, revealing that it is already night, the box is still ongoing)
Squidward: I mean, do I really believe that if I sit here and pretend to drive a race car that Im suddenly going to start hearing noises? (Steps on the imaginary gas pedal and hears the actual noise) What the ? (Squidward turns the imaginary key) It actually works!
- When he's inside the box and still can't find out the secret:
Spongebob: Hey, our box is gone!
- Actually a subversion, the car sound effects actually come from a garbage truck, picking up the box Squidward is in.
- After Squidward ends up in the dump:
Patrick: Oh, well.
Spongebob: I know! Let's go see Squidward!
Patrick: I hope he's not too down in the dumps today. (timpani noise plays)
- The Fairly OddParents! does this with Crimson Chin comics - the narrator will say what's happening to the unsuspecting citizens, and then the citizens will echo it, including a guy at the end saying, "We were so unsuspecting!"
Timmy: We're 40 points up, in the 9th inning, and 3 outs left, there's no WAY you'll catch up with us!
- In "Foul Balled", Timmy sticks up for Chester after his wish to make him the best baseball player ever wears off after Chester stops being friends with him, therefore going back to his crappy baseball playing. Note that the following quote may not be accurate.
* Cut to the scorebored where the Bankees are catching up with the Losers*
Chester: I can't believe they're catching up with us.
Wanda: It could be worse, sweetie.
- Even the video games have this. In the opening cutscene to the PC version of Breakin' Da Rules:
Cosmo: Yeah. At least your parents aren't going away for the weekend and leaving your evil babysitter Vicky in charge.
Vicky: Surprise, twerp! Your parents are going away for the weekend and left me in charge!
Wanda: You gotta stop saying things like that!
Cosmo: It is my gift; it is my curse.
- Used four times in an episode of Sushi Pack as it cut between Tako and Maguro hurtling toward Earth on an asteroid, and the rest of the team trying to figure out what happened to them.
Maguro: If there is a way to signal the others of our location, they could help.
* Cut to the others on Earth*
Ikura: If only we knew their location, we could help.
- Not totally sure it counts, but the very last scene of The Transformers begins with something like this.
Cerebros, on the restored Cybertron: "It's a miracle."
[Cut to the villains' base, where baddies are bickering]
Galvatron: "It's a miracle we finally got this flying junkpile of yours stabilized!"
Zarak: "You were the idiot who opened the Plasma Energy Chamber, Galvatron."
Megatron: The Autobots would never fire on their ultimate weapon.
- And in Transformers Animated (not verbatim, but it's about right):
(Cut to Sentinel Prime slamming his fist down)
Sentinel Prime: I say we fire on [Omega Supreme] now!
- Family Guy - In "The Son Also Draws", Peter claims to be Native American to get the family car back from a casino after Lois gambles it away:
Lois: Peter, there is no way they're gonna believe you're an Indian.
((Cut to casino office)
Indian Casino Worker: He's an Indian, all right!
- "Oh, you think everyone's an Indian."
- In the Phineas and Ferb pilot "Rollercoaster":
Linda: Candace, be honest. Aren't the boys a little young to be building a rollercoaster?
(Hard cut to Phineas and Ferb working on their rollercoaster in - and through - a tune-up shop)
Shop Owner: Aren't you a little young to be building a rollercoaster?
Phineas: Yes. Yes I am.
- Danny Phantom; in the episode "One of a Kind", Jazz invites a representative from Genius Magazine over to attempt to demonstrate that her parents were genii, while attempting to keep a lid on the Ghost Hunting...to little or no avail. Danny had just had a fight with a ghost, leaving his room wrecked, so when the representative came up to try to talk to him, he slams the door in her face.
Danny: Jazz is going to kill me for that.
Jazz: I'm gonna kill him for that.
Danny: I sure hope things are finally under control at Amity Park.
- In the episode "Boxed Up Fury", The Box Ghost is finally taken as a serious threat when he steals the power of Pandora's Box. When Danny tries to find Pandora to remedy the situation, this trope is utilized:
News Reporter: Things are out of control in Amity Park.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Frylock in the episode "The Clowning", where Carl is slowly being mutated by an outer space clown virus, Frylock runs from the room saying he knows what he's doing. Out in the hall, he tells Meatwad and Shake, "I have no freaking idea what I'm doing."
- The Codename: Kids Next Door Grand Finale:
In the future
Adult Number 2: Suffice it to say, Father was not happy finding us in his house.
Father: I am not happy finding you kids in my house!
Numbuh 362: Well, whoever's it must totally be wetting themselves right now.
- Also, in "Operation: I.T.":
Cut to Numbuh 2
Numbuh 2: I am totally gonna wet myself if I don't tag someone, quick!
- From Invader Zim
Professor Membrane: Anyone who would build a space-time object replacement device is a complete moron.
Zim: Gir! The space-time object replacement device is complete!
- The 1976 Christmas Special The Year Without a Santa Claus has an exchange where Santa says (of two AWOL elves): "Poor little guys. They must be scared to death," which is followed by a hard cut to one of the elves saying "I'm scared to death!"
- From The Magic School Bus, Ralphie was sick and worrying about how he was missing broadcasting day, to which his mother says that his class could do fine without him. Cut to his classmates exclaiming that they couldn't do it without him.
- From The Boondocks:
Riley: And that's when it hit me: the best idea I've ever had in my entire life.
Huey: That's the worst idea you've ever had in your entire life.
- In the Maryoku Yummy episode "Ooka Times Two," Ooka convinces Yuzu and Nonki to give their robot a test run by having it do all her chores, then goes off to play while it works. Mabui is surprised to see Ooka so soon, and asks if she finished her chores. Ooka replies, "Let's just say, I have everything under control." Back at the house, however, Yuzu cries out, "It's out of control!" as the robot goes haywire.
- In The Super Hero Squad Show, we get the first and second versions in one: Magneto thinks Scarlet Witch is enduring a horrible ordeal aboard the SHIELD Helicarrier. We cut to the Helicarrier with Scarlet Witch saying "I can't endure this horrible ordeal any longer!" It turns out she's on the couch with the other heroes watching videos about funny pets.
- Happens in House of Mouse in an episode where Jafar is scheduled to perform a magic act.
Mickey: They're late! Gee, I hope they're not lost.(Cut to Jafar and Iago standing in the middle of the desert)Iago: We are SO lost!Jafar: Calm yourself, Iago! Mickey won't replace us!(Cut back to the House of Mouse)Mickey: Now who can replace them?
- Also happens in the pilot of Young Justice
Mark Desmond: He hacked the motion sensors.
(Cut to Robin with his handheld computer)
Robin: I hacked the motion sensors!
Kid Flash: Sweet!
- Here Comes the Grump:
Princess Dawn: Do you think we've given Grump the slip?
(Cut to Grump)
Grump: You will never give Grump the slip!
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
Twilight: Spike knows he can't be replaced.
- In "Owl's Well that Ends Well":
Spike: They're trying to replace me!
Sweetie Belle: Rarity will think it's an excellent idea!
- In "Sisterhooves Social":
Rarity: What a ridiculous idea!
(At the clubhouse)
- In "Sleepless in Ponyville":
Sweetie Belle: And I'll get Rarity to come too! Rarity loves camping!
(Cut to the boutique)
Rarity: I despise camping!
(In Rarity's boutique)
- "Inspiration Manifestation":
Rarity: The hours have been long, the work taxing beyond compare, but it will all be worth it when we hear those three little words!
(Cut to outside)
Puppeteer: This is awful!
- Wolverine and the X-Men:
Wolverine: What mutant would be stupid enough to go after Magneto's helmet anyway?
(cut to Gambit disembarking in Genosha and whistling)
- In The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat, when the Grinch starts tormenting the Cat with his "darkhouse" (basically the opposite of a lighthouse):
The Grinch: I just push a button up here in this place,
And you can't see your mitten in front of your face!
(cut to a dark spotlight surrounding the Cat)
The Cat: Huh? Why, I can't see my mitten in front of my face!
- Xiaolin Showdown:
- Omi explains how he got to the future after being stranded in the past by Jack Spicer's incomplete time machine. Subverted in that Dashi did know how to get Omi to the present - it's just that his method involved the Sands of Time, which wouldn't be revealed for the next 1500 years or so, so Omi went ahead and just froze himself for the next 1500 years using the Orb of Tornami, though Dashi may have been subtly suggesting Omi do that.
Omi: Luckily I was with Grandmaster Dashi, greatest of all Xiaolin Dragons. Surely he would have the answer!
(cut to Dashi looking sympathetic)
Dashi: Sorry, Omi, but I don't have any time-travelling Shen Gong Wu.
- Before that, Omi starts his story saying that when he realized his predicament, he was 'mildly upset'. Flashback to Omi running around Dashi screaming.
- Omi explains how he got to the future after being stranded in the past by Jack Spicer's incomplete time machine. Subverted in that Dashi did know how to get Omi to the present - it's just that his method involved the Sands of Time, which wouldn't be revealed for the next 1500 years or so, so Omi went ahead and just froze himself for the next 1500 years using the Orb of Tornami, though Dashi may have been subtly suggesting Omi do that.
- Goof Troop manages to play this for drama in the second half of the pilot when Pete is about to catch PJ after he had played with Max against his father's wishes:
Pete: (angry) Why, I'd recognize those tracks anywhere! PJ!
(cut to PJ's room with Pete coming up the stairs)
PJ: (frightened) Oh, man, I'd recognize those footsteps anywhere! Dad!
- Used in the Sofia the First episode "Two to Tangu," with Prince Zandar trying to impress Princess Hildegard at a party and Princess Amber (and Sofia) trying to get to the party.
Zandar: In Tangu, there's no such thing as giving up.
(cut to Amber lost in the jungle)
Amber: I give up!
- Code Lyoko:
Ulrich: (clumsily maneuvering Odd's Hoverboard) How does Odd manage this thing?
Aelita: He's not afraid of falling.
(cut to Odd on the roof of the science building)
Odd: I'm afraid.
- The Legend of Korra, "Harmonic Convergence". Asami, Mako and Bolin are on a Suicide Mission, flying a plane into enemy territory.
Mako: Don't worry, there's no way they'll be expecting this.
(cut to the Northern Water Tribe line of defense, heavily manned and fortified with cannons and mecha)
Bolin: I think they were expecting it!
- The Jetsons episode "Elroy's Mob" has Elroy eagerly waiting to go home and play his report tape to George, not knowing that a classmate switched tapes on him and the tape he got has failing grades on it.
Elroy: I can hardly wait to play it for my pop. He'll never get over it.
(dissolve to George angry at Elroy)
George: I'll never get over it! Four Ds, and an F and an H!?
- In the American Dad! episode "Francine's Flashback", Hayley is amazed that her mom was a Former Teen Rebel.
Hayley: How did she ever hook up with a stiff like Dad?
(cut to Stan sitting on the couch talking to Roger)
Stan: I'll tell you how she hooked up with a stiff like me.
- The Looney Tunes short The Scarlet Pumpernickel has a double whammy.
Daffy: (narrating) The Lord High Chamberlain was simply furious.
Lord High Chamberlain: I'm s-s-simply furious!
Daffy: But my lady Melissa was simply delighted.
Melissa: I'm simply delighted.
- In an episode of Kaeloo, Stumpy wanders off into a forest, and the others try calling his cell phone, but he doesn't answer.
Kaeloo: It's been over half an hour sonce he left and he isn't answering his cell phone!
Mr. Cat: Give the overgrown rat a break. He probably just doesn't feel like talking to you!
Stumpy (being attacked by zombies and reaching for his phone which is lying on the ground): KAELOO!
- Buddy Thunderstruck:
Buddy: I refuse to lose! (cut to him out of his truck) Okay, I lost.
- ''CampLazlo has the episode "Over Cooked Beans", where Lazlo and his friends end up with an air conditioner for their cabin, but forget to share it with the others, leading to the rest of the campers stealing it throughout the night for their own usage. When they discover it missing, Lazlo is upset someone made off with it, only to discover the other campers arguing over who it belongs to.
Lazlo Well, it didn't just walk away! Someone made off with our air conditioner!Edward (outside, not hearing Lazlo) Oh yeah? Well, it's my air conditioner!