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So You Were Saying...?

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A character has this big secret and finally gathered the courage to share it. But before they can spit it out, the conversation is interrupted by something which gives the character time to think twice and change their mind. Or the other will want to say something first, and that moots out the whole point of the conversation. When the first one is then urged to pick up where they left off, it usually goes something like : "So you were saying?" "...Nothing.".


A subset of Cannot Spit It Out.

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     Anime And Manga  

  • The Idolmaster :Haruka has been getting increasingly upset about what's been going on, but no one seems to notice and she couldn't even place it herself. When she's finally ready to let it out, the Producer shows up and she starts to tell him. Before she gets to anything important, however, Miki interrupts. When the Producer and Miki are finished, the Producer asks Haruka to finish. Unlike typical examples, when Haruka insists it was nothing, the Producer doesn't buy it, but he doesn't get to find out anyway.

     Live Action TV  

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In "Buffy vs. Dracula" , Giles invites Buffy over to tell her that he's going back to England because he no longer feels needed. But before he can say anything, she starts to tell him how she discovered that she still has much to learn about being a Slayer and wants him to be his Watcher again.
    Buffy: So, I just talked all over you. You had something to say too.
    Giles: No. It was... it was nothing.
    • In "Revelations", Willow is going to tell Buffy that she's been cheating with Xander. Then a demon attacks, so she decides to Confess to a Lesser Crime instead (peeking at her test questions).
    • Then in "Wrecked", Buffy is going to confess to Willow that she slept with Spike last night. She's interrupted by the discovery that Amy has returned to normal after being turned into a rat for the past few years, then claims what she was going to say is nothing important.
  • Father Ted: Ted, while explaining how peaceful and quiet the parochial house will be for the recuperation of Chris the burping sheep, is interrupted by Father Jack tumbling down the stairs, swearing loudly and breaking assorted furniture. Once Jack has left, Ted continues by saying "...I think it would be an insult to you if I finished that sentence."
  • Inside Schwartz: Schwartz has just been phoned to tell that he's being approached for an MTV job concerning the Super Bowl. When he decides to tell this news to the Girl of the Week, he finds out she's been approached... and accepted. So Schwartz talks about doing great on a Maxim quiz, before phoning his agent about it later.
  • Once Upon a Time: Mulan, having finally gotten up the courage, is about to confess to Aurora that she loves her. But Aurora interrupts her because she can't hold in her own exciting news—she is pregnant with Philip's baby! Naturally, when urged to continue with what she was going to say, Mulan can only feign happiness for Aurora's news, then claims she only wanted to say she's joining Robin Hood's Merry Men...and walk off heartbroken.


  • The Order of the Stick: Haley is wounded and appears to be dying. She pulls Elan close and finally starts to say "I love you" when the party cleric Durkon pokes his head in to cast Cure Light Wounds on her. She quickly appends her statement to "I love ukeleles."


     Western Animation  

  • Danger Mouse: In "Close Encounters Of The Absurd Kind," Dr. Zok ejects DM and penfold in their Mk. III car out of his spaceship. As it plummets:
    Penfold: We're falling into the sea! (DM gains control as it now sails horizontally)
    DM: You were saying?
    Penfold: Well, I thought we were.
  • Dexter's Laboratory: In "Sole Brother", a Teleporter Accident causes Dexter to become Dee Dee's foot, and they can't fix the problem before she has to go to a ballet recital. The next scene shows her returning from the recital, furious at Dexter for allegedly messing her up, and says that she's doing to tell Dad about his secret laboratory. But before she can say anything, Dad interrupts her and says that her ballet instructor called him, saying that her performance was magnificent.
  • Family Guy: In "Brian Goes Back to College", Brian cheats on an exam and, feeling guilty, tries to tell his professor. As he is about to confess, the professor says that his performance helped lift him out of his suicidal depression.
  • The Flintstones: In "Ladies' Night at the Lodge", Fred is coaxed by Wilma into asking the Water Buffaloes to allow women to join at their next meeting. Before he can ask, another members makes the same suggestion, which gets him beaten up and kicked out. Fred wisely forgets what he going to say.
  • Hey Arnold!:
    • In "Timberly Loves Arnold", Arnold is about to tell Gerald's sister, the titular Timberly, not to hang out with him anymore when Lila passes by saying that she thinks they look cute together.
    • In "Monkey Business", Helga reads up on a book of monkey diseases after getting kissed by one and believes she has contracted "monkeynucleosis". Convinced she's going to die, she invited Arnold over to her deathbed and tries to confess her love for him. Before she can say anything, Phoebe bursts in to tells her one important detail about the disease that she overlooked: it doesn't exist!
  • House of Mouse: In the short "Mickey's Mistake", a depressed Minnie is about to tell Mickey something when he interrupts her so he can give her a present: a shiny new bow that he bought with an envelope full of money he found on the sidewalk. He then lets Minnie tell him what's bothering her, and she says she lost an envelope full of money meant for the orphanage's charity fund.
  • Justice League Unlimited: John Stewart does this to himself when he, Batman, and Wonder Woman have ended up in The Wild West.:
    Ohiyesa Smith: We're getting close. I wanna warn you, there's some downright unusual activity goin' on hereabouts; don't let it throw you.
    John: Don't worry about it, we've got a lot of experience with unusu- [a cowboy riding a pterodactyl flies towards them] ...I'm sorry, you were saying?
  • King of the Hill: In "Peggy's Headache", Peggy finally realizes that Joseph isn't really Dale's son and tries to tell him the truth. As she is about to, she witnesses Dale and Joseph sharing a happy moment, and she decides to keep it a secret.
  • Looney Tunes: The Bugs Bunny cartoon Wackiki Wabbit starts off with two adrift castaways. The skinny guy looks at his fat partner and imagines him as a hamburger:
    Skinny: And...hold the onions.
    Fat: Huh? What'd you say?
    Skinny: (composing himself) Oh...nothing.
  • The Weekenders: In "Tish's Hair" the expected "reveal" conversation with the others finally telling Tish they do not like Tish's new hairdo... ends up not happening when two kids pass Tish and actually make a positive comment on her hairdo.
  • Mike, Lu & Og: In "Sneeze, Please", Lu spreads Mike's cold to the other natives in a scheme to frame her and get her banished from the island. Feeling they have no other choice, they attempt to make to break the news to her, only for Mike to use Og's new invention to cure them all.
    Mike: So, what was it that you wanted to tell me?
    Margery: That... we're so happy you're here!

Alternative Title(s): What Did You Want To Talk About Anyway


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