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A snappy, one-liner comment just before the commercial break or opening sequence. Often takes this form:

"Chief, we found the marine's body. Cause of death is electrocution."
"Looks like he's been... discharged." (Cut to black/credits.)

The cut is what differentiates this from a standard One-Liner.

Commonly found on detective/mystery series; a frequent (but not exclusive) use of this is when the detectives make a pithy Gallows Humor comment about the crime of the week in the Cold Open, followed by a cut to the credits. The usual purpose is to convey a sense that the detective has seen this level of horror before, and that he's so used to it he can make a joke about it. Often will include a Glasses Pull for emphasis.

Used frequently enough, the audience can be trained to expect one of these. Comments after the one-liner are usually a gag. Failure to make the one-liner means the situation is serious.

Real Life use by actual police detectives is seriously frowned on, as it is considered disrespectful to the deceased and/or their families.


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  • Shows up twice in Bookhunter.
    • Agent Bay defuses a perp-and-weapon standoff, by shooting the perp in the stomach. As the man lies on the floor, bleeding and screaming in pain, Agent Bay just says "Shhhhhhhhhh."
    • The pursuit of another book thief ends with said thief being flung through a plate glass window, into the library's pro-literacy diorama.
      Agent Finch: Are you okay boss?
      Agent Bay: Read him his rights.
  • Three years before the debut of CSI: Miami, Jack Chick climaxed his tract "The Pilgrimage" with this exchange in Heaven:
    Abdul: But I was a very sincere Muslim.
    God: I'm sorry Abdul, but you were sincerely wrong.

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  • The fourth Codex Alera book has one at the end of a chapter that's just begging for an anachronistic Glasses Pull:
    "It would seem," Ehren said, "that someone doesn't want you making this trip."
    "Then someone," Tavi replied, "is going to be very disappointed."
  • In Gregory McDonald's novel, Flynn, Inspector Flynn finds a severed hand on his front porch the morning after a plane exploded over Boston Harbor. He says "Pull yourself together, Charlie," and muses about the dark humour professionals use to deal with such sights.

    Live-Action TV 
  • CSI: Miami regularly uses Quip To Black. Caruso's delivery and his frequent Glasses Pull tend to make this moment hilariously Narmy. The device is used less frequently of late. The Glasses Pull followed by a sample from "Won't Get Fooled Again" ("YEEEEEAAAAAHHHHH!!!") is imitated frequently. Especially on this very page.
    • Even Caruso's cast mates do Horatio impressions.
    • An exceptionally hilarious one by a YouTube commenter:
      Frank: "The suspect was identified by an eyewitness as one Rick Astley and was seen leaving the scene of the crime with the missing Pixar movies."
      Horatio: "Well Frank, he may have Toy Story and Monsters, Inc.,
      * Puts on Sunglasses*
      But I'll never give him Up."
    • What makes this so Narmy as compared to Grissom's, has as much to do with Caruso's shades and deadpan delivery as it does with the start of the theme music serving as almost a sort of laugh track or "Applause" light. On the other hand, when Grissom did it, he delivered it in a "I feel your pain" kind of way.
    • Parodied often and hard on The Soup, also, with David Caruso even winning a soup award and recording an acceptance speech.
    • A CSI-themed episode of MythBusters naturally parodies this as well, complete with Who sample. Only it cut to the next narrative segment instead of commercial.
    • Parodied twice by Bruce Campbell in an episode of Burn Notice. A bit of Fridge Brilliance, since both shows are set in Miami and Campbell's character was posing as a CSI technician.
    • Parodied on Saturday Night Live with CSI: Sarasota featuring an elderly pair of detectives. Each of Betty White's lines is a one-liner accompanied by removing her sunglasses and YYEEEAAAHHHH!!!!!
    • Unfortunately, what most people don't realize is that this is a case of Beam Me Up, Scotty!; most of Caine's one liners aren't actually quips, simply straightforward observations about the case made in a ridiculously deadpan manner. Only rarely do they fit the spirit of this trope of being ironic or punny.
  • CSI is a famous example. Gil Grissom has these so frequently that he used to be the Trope Namer.
    • A self-parody appears in the episode "Fight Night": Grissom delivered the usual quip and the credit music started...then his cell phone rang, the credit music reversed, and the teaser went on for about two more minutes before the real credits started.
    • In the season 7 episode of CSI "Meet Market" is an example of what might be called Lampshaded Subversion. With Grissom on sabbatical it is left to someone else to pick up the slack.
      As Phillips and Keppler wheel out this week's corpse...
      Stokes: Hey. You know what Grissom would say here, don't you?
      Phillips: Something ironic, I'm sure.
      ...but we do not cut at this point. Instead we move to the autopsy where Robbins and Keppler discover that there are several foreign objects inserted into the body. After removing and opening an umbrella which covers Robbins in blood...
      Keppler: That's bad luck, isn't it?
    • In the episode "Iced" the trope was subverted as a gag. Upon finding a college couple dead in a dorm room, Grissom gets his usual comment in, before Greg Sanders, The Lab Rat, ruins the moment, leaving Grissom to leave on a less poignant note.
      Grissom: 'For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.'
      Greg: Found a condom!
      Grissom: So much for safe sex.
    • A subversion: in the episode "Grissom's Divine Comedy," the opener ends with a shot of a very ill Gil Grissom at home, making himself chicken soup and coughing into his handkerchief. When his cell phone rings, calling him in to handle a case, Grissom says nothing...he just sighs in frustration. Roll credits.
    • Lampshade Hung and subverted in "Two and a Half Dead." After finding a dead comedy actress with a rubber chicken stuffed in her mouth (it's a long, complex and hilarious story), the lab techs ask Grissom why he hasn't done a One-Liner, suggesting "I suspect fowl play" and "This is poultry evidence." Grissom goes for neither, instead invoking Incredibly Lame Pun with "Dying is easy. Comedy is hard."
    • The Quip To Black was somewhat Lampshade Hung in the episode "Crow's Feet," when Catherine Willows, who had reported to the scene and therefore got the chance to quip, stated "It's my turn now" before the credits rolled.
    • In another episode, the characters are all being filmed in a Cops-esque derivative. Grissom delivers his one liner, and there's a pause, and then the producers ask him to repeat it because they didn't catch it. Roll commercials.
    • In "A Space Oddity," Hodges and Simms are at a sci-fi convention when a corpse is found. Hodges calls up Captain Brass, flips open his phone communicator-style, and tells him there's a problem with one of the exhibitors: "He's dead, Jim."
    • Parodied in the episode "Field Mice." Hodges is recounting the story of an old murder case to two rookie CSIs, challenging them to solve it. On two occasions Hodges' story appears to end with a Quip To Black, complete with the intro music starting to fade in...only for someone to interrupt, lampshading the ridiculous nature of the quip. He finally manages to play the trope straight on the third attempt.
    • The final such one-liner in the show goes to Grissom in "Immortality," the show's final episode. Now an independent eco-warrior, he holds up two severed shark fins in front of a bunch of cops wondering why he has broken into a ship and comments "Looks like someone jumped a shark."
  • A CSI: NY example — on discovering that a corpse that has fallen from the Empire State Building has had its brain go out of the hole in its skull, Stella opines, "Looks like a no-brainer." Lampshaded by her colleagues:
    Sheldon: She didn't just say that.
    Mac and Flack: [simultaneously] She did.
    • Dead man found dressed as a giant cigarette; "Let's just say it now to get it over with, Smoking Kills." This was shamelessly lifted from Grindhouse Planet Terror, though, of course, the delivery style was entirely different.
    • Lampshaded on the 21 March 2007 episode, when Det. Flack responds to Messer's failed attempt at a Quip To Black by giving it a numerical grade like an Olympic judge.
    • Body discovered sitting peacefully at a park bench; when Lindsay tries to figure out what happened and connect the clues they have there, Mac promptly tells her "Not everything's connected," grabbing the corpse's cleanly decapitated head and lifting it off its body.
    • Man found buried in a potting bed with a buzzard picking at him. Mac's response: "I thought the only vultures that lived in this city worked on Wall Street."
    • The episode, "Hammer Down," pulled off a two-person Quip To Black:
      Stella: Looks like the end of the road for her.
      Mac: And the start of the line for us.
    • Another when a would-be Adventurer Archaeologist is found dead:
      Stella: Looks like James Sutton fancied himself a real Indiana Jones.
      Mac: Until someone decided to make this his last crusade.
  • The Teaser on Law & Order and its various spin-offs almost always has such a line. During Jerry Orbach's tenure, it was usually Lennie Briscoe's line. (One almost wonders why this Trope isn't called "Briscoe One-Liner".)
    • Before Briscoe joined the cast, it was generally Mike Logan who delivered the one-liner. In the later seasons it's usually Cyrus Lupo.
    • Every two-man team on L&O must have at least one Deadpan Snarker. No exceptions. When Lennie Briscoe left, his partner automatically became the designated snarker.
    • These lines can also be delivered by other characters. An episode opens with two runners, one of whom falls down. The other asks him "Are you okay?", and the fallen runner says "Yeah, but he's not," and the camera cuts to a body.
    • In the TV movie Exiled, Logan and some of the other cops make quips of this nature about the recent case. Unfortunately for them, the victim's sister happens to overhear them. She's not amused.
    • A witness in a murder trial was killed before testifying against her ex, and the gunfire killed a bird as well. The detectives and the DA muse about how her ex found her.
      Bernard: Maybe a little birdie told him. (Cut to intro)
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has Elliot pull one on occasion, as it is implied multiple times that working at SVU has desensitized the detectives a bit. Olivia once or twice lampshaded the inappropriate nature of this by giving Elliot an annoyed look. In one slightly less serious (at least initially) episode, the detectives are investigating a remote-transmitting toilet-cam set up in a coffee shop. Most of the shop's patrons are on laptops.
    Benson: So which one's the perv?
    Stabler: Whoever downloaded the most crap.
    (cut to opening credits)
  • This was referenced in an episode of Joan of Arcadia in which a police officer makes a quippy comment about a crime scene, followed by a Law & Order-esque musical sting. Her partner gives her a bewildered look, to which she responds, "What? Too Law and Order?"
  • The opening sequence for Cold Case is set up for this, though it's only occasionally preceded by a quip.
    • In the episode "Wings", when they find a winged pin that means the victim was a flight attendant.
      Lilly: Looks like someone clipped her wings.
    • Also in "Andy in C Minor" when they find a body in a school for the deaf.
      Lilly: ...Killed in a place where no one can hear you scream. Aaaaaauuuuuuuuwwww
  • Monk:
    • Parodied in "Mr. Monk gets Lotto Fever", where Randy Disher repeatedly tries (and fails) to pull a snappy one-liner off. Though really, the phrase "Randy repeatedly tries (and fails) to say something clever" could be applied to any episode he appears in.
    • And smashed into pieces in "Mr. Monk and the Birthday" when Stottlemeyer does a couple one liners about a body followed by Monk describing how the man would probably have been alive as his body was sliced up and crushed.
  • Long before most of these shows, Kojak had several. For example, upon seeing a young woman's dead body, "Baby, why'd you have to go get yourself killed and ruin both our mornings?"
  • How I Met Your Mother parodied this in one episode with Ted having been analyzing the 'crime scene' of his apartment for evidence of a fight between Lily and Marshall and determining the cause was leaving the lid of the peanut butter, explained with CSI intenseness and use of shades. Though he wasn't even remotely right, as Robin kept trying to correct him and Ted kept ignoring her so that he could do his idiot analysis.
    Ted: Lily left the lid off (puts on sunglasses), and Marshall blew his.
  • The West Wing frequently had someone make a dry comment about whatever impending crisis had just been set in motion before the smach cut to the credits.
  • Stargate Atlantis, episode Vegas, is set in an alternate reality, where Sheppard never joined the SGC. "Detective John Sheppard" pulls a one liner at the end of The Teaser.
  • In an episode of Stargate SG-1, a tv producer pitches a number of show ideas, including T'ealc P.I. (a shameless ripoff of Shaft and Magnum, P.I.) featuring a scene where the one liner is simply. "Indeeeeed."
  • On The Dukes of Hazzard, the narrator (Waylon Jennings) usually employed one of these to accompany each Commercial Break Cliffhanger.
  • Bones:
    • The series mocks this trope in "The Beaver in the Otter." After describing how a corpse had been shot with a cannon filled with bric-a-brack, pelted by a crowd, and set on fire at a pep rally:
      Cam: Now that's what I call team spirit. (Vaziri and Angela stare at her) I'm a wise-cracking pathologist with a dark sense of humor. (cut)
    • Subverted in "The Priest in the Courtyard," where Bones makes a quip about consecrated ground and has a complaint filed against her for it.
  • Parodied in Supernatural, where the boys were Trapped in TV Land. Both of them actually do both this and Glasses Pull about a dozen times, mostly to distract The Trickster.
    After finding a victim with quarters jammed down his throat:
    Sam Winchester: Well I say...jackpot.
  • This trope was referenced and criticized in an episode of Murder, a reality series where two teams of three amateurs try to use forensic techniques to investigate and solve recreations of real life crime scenes. One of the members in one team kept making quips about the crime scene, causing the host (an actual police detective) to berate said contestant saying that real cops are not supposed to joke around during an investigation since doing so is highly unprofessional. To which the proper response should be "But we're not real policemen, and this" (Puts on glasses) "is a TV show."
  • In Brooklyn Nine-Nine, when Peralta and Santiago are working a case with the best detective in the NYPD, they have a competition of trying to do this in an effort to impress him. Neither are very effective. Though he still tries to ask out Santiago anyways.
  • Burn Notice skewered CSI: Miami's Caine one liners in the episode "Partners in Crime." Sam Axe (played by Bruce Campbell) pretends to be a crime scene investigator in order to put pressure on the murderer of a clothing model. Just before leaving, he pulls on his shades and delivers these gems:
    "Looks like in style this season."
    "Looks like our killer's coming apart at the seams."
  • Castle plays this for laughs; Richard Castle is frequently given to making some comment of this nature, prompting Beckett to just give him an exasperated look in response, and then the cut.
    • On the other hand, Castle is delighted to learn how real cops operate, because the ones on TV "seem to be obsessed with their sunglasses."
    • Subverted in the season two episode "Famous Last Words."
      Castle's Mother: Now does that man look like a killer to you?
      Castle: Everybody looks like a killer to me; it's a job requirement.
      Castle's Daughter: You didn't say that about [the victim's sister].
      Castle: Just...let me have this moment.
    • Subverted delightfully in "The Squab and the Quail." Beckett is pursued romantically by a brilliant and charming billionaire. The episode ends with Castle showing his rival to the elevator out, having been chosen by Beckett. Castle intends to get the last word in a well-earned Quip To Black, only to be out-jousted by his rival.
      Billionaire (gets in the elevator): You know, that's an extraordinary woman you have there.
      Castle (after a pause, and as the door is closing): I know.
      Billionaire (just before door shuts): Do you?
      (Cue Castle trying to pry the door back open to get the last word.)
  • Delightfully parodied on an episode of Two and a Half Men - Alan's ditzy buxom girlfriend Kandi gets the Grissom role on a show called "Stiffs." The video shows it far better than I ever could.
  • Played with on The Wire, in an effort to distinguish itself from traditional cop shows. The pilot opens with McNulty questioning a witness about a dead kid named "Snot Boogie," a knucklehead who always hung around the local craps games and tried to steal the winnings because he "couldn't help himself." So McNulty asks why they kept letting him hang around if they knew he was going to grab the cash, and the kid says "You got to. This is America, man." The somber theme song "Way Down in the Hole" dampens the humor of the moment, but the characters find it hilarious, since McNulty opens the next scene by re-telling the story to Bunk.
  • Lampshaded into a Running Gag on NCIS when Jimmy constantly makes what would be a Grissom One Liner on another show; not only does it never precede a cut, he inevitably causes everyone present to either roll their eyes with the lameness of it or react in disgust with the complete inappropriateness. Sometimes both. For example, Abby is in Autopsy to collect a tissue sample from the cadaver du jour.
    Jimmy Palmer: So, light meat or dark?
    [Abby gives him a look]
    Jimmy Palmer: Inappropriate?
    Abby Sciuto: With a big dash of creepy, Jimmy.
  • Community:
    • This was parodied during their Law & Order episode, "Basic Lupine Urology." After a smashed yam is found in the biology class (the yam being the group's now ruined class project), Troy and Abed are tasked with finding out who killed it. They stand over the yam, having this exchange:
      Troy: Looks like it's gonna be a late night. How'd we manage to pull the short straw?
      Abed: It's not a short's a hot potato.
      Troy: Yeah well, looks pretty cold to me.
      Abed: Cold or dead?
      Troy: Survey says-
      Abed: We can't both do the zinger.
      Troy: Sorry.
      [Cut to credits]
    • Played with in the Season 1 episode "Investigative Journalism." Jack Black plays an abruptly introduced new character, Buddy, who is desperate to become part of the study group.
      Buddy: "Iím sure you guys have a natural rapport and timing, and youíre scared that adding a new member might throw everything off of its natural" ó CUT TO TITLE SEQUENCE ó "rhythm."
  • An episode of Cops: L.A.C. opens with the police attempting to break up a protest over what used to be a naturist beach, Nathan trying to get the naturists to leave for one of two other nude beaches up the coast. They're interrupted when Priscilla finds a suitcase washing up on shore, and Daniel opens it up to find a severed human leg inside.
    Daniel: At least it's wearing something. (A sock)
  • On ER, after a pizza delivery guy crashes into the hospital:
    Tag: Did somebody order a pizza?

  • Dragnet ran on this trope long before CSI made it a staple. Every scene change was punctuated by some pithy one-liner from Friday or some other character, followed by a music sting as the scene changed. The same applied to both TV series, as well.
  • ''The Men's Room, a radio show based out of 99.9 KISW in Seattle, features a daily "Shot of the Day", where the hosts will tell a brief story about some notable person with an interesting story that's funny in some way. Typical sources include minor news stories, Cracked, etc. After reading through the story, each of the hosts will usually try to come up with an Incredibly Lame Pun to describe the situation, each capped off with the "Yeeeeeeeeagh!" stinger. Especially lame or just plain unfunny puns will receive a long vocal stinger from Journey.

    Video Games 
  • Lampshaded and/or a case of Sarcasm Failure in the computer game S.W.A.T. 4: The Stetchkov Syndicate, where in a particularly gruesome shooting in a subway, normally smart-alecky Officer Fields has nothing to say, which is mockingly mentioned by Officer Reynolds, the veteran of the group.
    Reynolds: Nothin' to say, Fields?
    Fields: There's nothing funny about this.
  • Used by The Spoony One in his Let's Play of Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh:
    Well, Frank, I think we'd better check her purse for receipts, because somebody...just overcharged her.
  • In the Crash Course level of Left 4 Dead, Zoey had just shot the group's (infected) helicopter pilot, causing the helicopter to crash. When approaching his dead body, she has a chance of saying:
    Zoey: Pilot's license... revoked! Dun Dun Duuun!
  • The opening cutscene of Left 4 Dead 2.
    Coach: "Wait for official instructions"... [Laughs] Wait, my ass.
    Ellis: Kill all sons-of-bitches. [Cocks shotgun] That's my official instructions.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV has commercial for a TV show about a forensic crime lab, complete with a different YEEAAAAAAAAHHHHH scream (that's available as a ringtone).
  • World of Warcraft:
    • In the third expansion, Stormwind's town guard is investigating the murder of a beloved horse (and his two owners):
    Stormwind Investigator: Given the body temperature, I'd say they've been dead no more than six hours. Damn shame what they did to Old Blanchy.
    Lieutenant Horatio Laine: No kidding, rookie. Looks like they really put the cart... before the horse.
    • And to top it all off, Blizzard gives this NPC a fairly ridiculous looking pair of sunglasses.
    • Just in case you don't get the joke first time, said NPC then goes on to crack several more quips to black in the course of the quest line.
  • Dead Rising 2: Chuck Greene has a tendency to drop one of these after taking out the more unsympathetic psychopaths. For bonus points, he can even get a pair of shades.
    (While watching a psychopath get his face chewed off by the zombie of a girl he killed when she refused to marry him)
    Chuck: You may now kiss the bride.
  • The flash game Replaying the Game has one level that is nothing but these based on the deaths of Hamlet characters.
  • In Dragon Age II's "Mark of the Assassin" DLC, snarky-Hawke pulls off a one-liner so intentionally cringe-worthy it must be a Shout-Out to CSI: Miami. After the villain, an Orlesian duke, falls off a cliff, Hawke says, "Looks like the Duke...has fallen from grace." Complete with a shot of Hawke walking away from the cliff with his/her companions framing him/her on the background. For some reason, it's funnier with the Fenris and Anders formation. The only things missing were the sunglasses and this.
  • It must be a thing for the Heroes of Thedas to do this, during the Jaws of Hakkon DLC The Inquisitor can sit in judgment, stand in judgment actually, of a bear. Yes...a bear. Accept and s/he can quip, "Very well. I wouldn't want things in the hold to become...unbearable.
  • Parodied in the first episode of Hector: Badge of Carnage, when a punk, who desperately wants a record, gets tasered by an old lady. Hector says something like "looks like he...puts on sunglasses... just got charged", followed by the start of the CSI: Miami theme, before it's cut off. Hector takes off the sunglasses and apologizes to the player, not sure what came over him.
  • In Borderlands 2, the side-quest "Won't Get Fooled Again" is a CSI: Miami parody where you help a detective in Sanctuary solve a murder mystery. If you solve it correctly, the detective will gun down the suspect before he can escape then make a wisecrack, complete with Glasses Pull.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3: some characters have this in their endings. (There are lots of other quips in the games, but these ones count as Quip to Black because they will be the last line of the game when playing as these characters.)
    • Wesker (after capturing the Marvel superheroes to experiment on them): "The fantastic specimens from this new world should yield zombies to truly...marvel." He's even wearing sunglasses (as always). The fact he's talking to himself, and that he laughs at his own one-liner, might slightly diminish the effect, however.
    • Chun-Li (after Kingpin tells her he'll be out of prison in less than a day ): "Well, then I guess I've got something to do tomorrow."
    • Trish and Dante share their one-liner.
      • Trish (to Mephisto): Either the contract gets torn up...
      • Dante: Or your throat does. Your choice, Big Red.
    • Blade:
      Jill: And I thought I had it bad when I just had to worry about fighting zombies.
      Blade: Sister, you don't know the half of it.
    • Rad Spencer (to She-Hulk, while fighting some mooks) : "Hey, I said I'd take you to dinner and a show. This is the show part."
  • Mario Party 6: "Seer Terror", an unlockable minigame, consists almost entirely of Bowser making bad things happen to you and making witty remarks in the guise of fortunes. "You'll feel crushed by stress!" he'll say after you're crushed by a Thwomp.


    Web Originals 
  • Seto Kaiba pulls one at the end of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series Episode 44.
  • The Hamlet level of REPLAYING :the game: runs this one deep into the ground.
  • One of the subcategories on, a yonkoma creation site, is a Quip To Black (usually featuring Horatio Caine but occasionally characters from other series as well) with the last panel being a establishing shot of Miami (or wherever) with YEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH captioned across it.
  • A meme on the general-interest Tabletop Games website RPGnet has forum posters doing this when somebody gets banned.
    • It's been nipped in the bud. Or if you prefer... [puts on sunglasses] ... it critically failed. Yeeeeaaaaaahhh!!
    • The meme has since been unofficially retired since one of the veteran posters pulled it off Hamlet style. VEEEEEERRRRRILYYYYYYYYYY!!
  • A similar tradition on gray hat hacker boards is to mock permabanned with the circumstances of their banning, generally through a quip or Incredibly Lame Pun.
  • The Onion's AV Club forums have a commenter who calls him-/herself David Caruso and posts nothing but one-lines, with the Glasses Pull and YYYYYEEEAAAAHHHH copied from CSI.
  • On the Cheezburger Network site Comixed, this is a popular trend. However, one recent comic averts this.
  • On the WrestleCrap Radio podcast, Blade Braxton's character C. S. Irwin was a parody of Horatio Caine. Ostensibly the podcast's TNA correspondent, Caine (like all previous correspondents) never actually recapped TNA; instead, he'd do a sort of TNA-related "Shaggy Dog" Story that ended in a lame pun, followed by the signature Who music.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged parodies this. Krillin tries to set one up after he and Gohan take out a pair of Freeza's soldiers, all it does is give him his first owned count point of the season. No glasses or The Who though.
  • Mirai Nikki The Abridged Series: During the first episode, right after Yukkiteru kills Three by destroying his phone, he is rightfully confused about what just happened:
    Yuno: Guess he couldn't live... (cut to Yuno, suddenly wearing sunglasses) Without his phone.
  • Even Sesame Street has got in one the CSI parodies, as seen in this video for Entertainment Weekly. The "YEEAAAH" eventually gets stuck on a loop.
    Cookie Monster: Where that coming from?
    Elmo: Elmo has no idea.
    Cookie Monster: Your phone on?
  • In the "C. S. Pie" episode of Ultra Fast Pony, once Pinkie sees that her cake's been eaten in the opening scene, she says, "I guess that this mystery food thief... takes the cake." For bonus points, the opening was redone in the style of CSI, complete with theme song change. Twilight attempts another one later in the episode, but because it isn't a pun, it fails.

    Western Animation 
  • Parodied in American Dad! when someone from animal control attempts this in complete with him putting on shades, jumping up and yelling "Yeeeeeeeeagh!". but it falls flat when his friend doesn't get the reference.
    "I guess it wasn't this Groundhog's... (puts on shades) Day..."
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • From the episode "Finding Mary McGuffin":
      (After Phineas and Ferb parody Starsky & Hutch and Miami Vice)
      Thrift Store Owner: Aren't you a little young to know about all these old detective shows?
      Phineas: Yes. Yes we... (puts on sunglasses) ...are.
    • Lampshaded in "Rollercoaster: The Musical", after Doofenshmirtz finishes a Broadway performance of his own:
      Dancer: So, uh, are we done? 'Cause I gotta pick up my kid from school.
      Doofenshmirtz: One second, just wait 'til it goes to black.
      [cut to black with a guitar sting]
      Doofenshmirtz: Alright, now you can go.
  • Family Guy:
    • Subverted when Peter mentions they're going to Hollywood, "where the people are sexy and clever and they always say somethin' funny right before the commercial break". He then doesn't say anything until after the break.
    • As the last line from the episode "Stewie Kills Lois":
      Stewie: Well, at least it didn't end like The Sopranos, where it just cut to black in midsen—
    • And lampshaded by Peter at the end of "Dial Meg for Murder":
      Peter: Always end on a strong joke.
  • From Futurama Leela laments that she and the crew are in a difficult situation and wishes for a few minutes to think of a solution, then the show cuts to commercial.
  • Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures affected this with the episode "Don't Touch That Dial." It was essentially a diatribe about the quality of Saturday morning TV and a treatise about vegetating to said programming. It ends with our hero saying this to us, the viewers:
    Mighty Mouse: But enough of all this lying and hypocrisy. Time for what television's really about. (Cut to black, then commercial)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • At the end of "Pizza Delivery":
      Squidward: Oh, my aching tentacles!
    • At the end of "Scaredy Pants", after SpongeBob's exposed brain scares every Bikini Bottomite at the Halloween party, including Patrick and the Flying Dutchman:
    • At the end of "Whale of a Birthday":
      Mr. Krabs: Don't push your luck, boy.

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Alternative Title(s): Grissom One Liner



Probably used the most on this show.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (12 votes)

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Main / QuipToBlack

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