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When somebody wishes to discuss an episode of a TV show and they can't remember what it's called, they will usually describe it as "The one with..." or "the one where..."

Sometimes, such a phrase will literally be used as a name for something (which may lead to slight confusion similar to Who's on First?).

See In Which a Trope Is Described.

Examples.... the one where they give out explanation of the tropes:

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    Advertising.... the one with the commercials 
  • Similar to the Real Life example below, Israeli dairy company Tnuva uses the Tagline ‘The cheese with home/the housenote ’ to advertise its cottage cheese, which features a drawing of a cottage house on the box. Their advertising campaign for this cheese (and some of their other products) often relies on happy and somewhat idyllic domestic scenes, often bordering on Dom Com commercials, with some extra patriotism (expanding the whole ‘home’ theme to the national level) on special occasions.
  • Numerous German products feature "die mit dem ..." (the German equivalent). For example Käpten Iglo's "die mit dem Blubb" (can't be translated faithfully, due to innuendo) almost has meme status.
  • A Russian pasta and macaroni brand uses this in their advertising, showcasing how "the best wheat" and "the purest of water" are used to create "the best macaroni", wherein the Narrator turns to a group of people in a supermarket to ask them the brand's name and one of them carefully ponders "The ones with the bird?" referring to the company's logo. Some ads ended with the Narrator replacing the sign with the name of the town where the factory is located (which the brand is named after) with a sign that says "Theoneswiththebirdtown", another has him affectionately pat the horse he rode in on on the head (which seems to be an Old Spice reference in itself), telling it "don't worry, some day they will learn".
  • An ad for Arnott's Spicy Fruit Rolls referred to them as, "The ones that look like little pillows."

    Anime and Manga.... the one with Japanese animation and comics 
  • Parodied in Duel Masters. The episode in which Shobu duels Hakuo is entitled... "The One Where Shobu Duels Hakuo".

    Comics.... the one with the speech bubbles for characters 
  • Used in Fables. Many issues have an Arc name and a chapter name, followed by short description starting with "In which...."
  • Spoofed in The Far Side compilation book Wiener Dog Art. At the end of the book, there's an index of every comic, but it's useless because they're all listed under T, for "The one about __".
  • FF #15 is titled "The One Where Power Pack Shows Up".
  • Spoofed in Scott Pilgrim.
    Stephen Stills: The first band we're up against is Crash and the Boys.
    Scott: Oh, aren't they that one band, with Crash... and the boys?
  • Comic writer Len Wein came up with a character for a House Of Secrets story set in a bayou: "I didn't have a title for it, so I kept referring to it as 'that swamp thing I'm working on.'"

    Fan Works.... the one with works in Fanfiction 
  • Seeking Sato starts all of its chapter titles in this manner.

    Film.... the one with shows in a movie theater 

    Literature.... the one that people read the words of 

    Live Action TV.... the one that shows actors live 
  • Frasier usually used typical punny episode titles, but it employed this trope on a handful of occasions when former Cheers cast members would guest star. The Show Where Sam Shows Up, The Show Where Lilith Comes Back, and The Show Where Woody Shows Up are a few examples.
  • Friends referenced this by starting all but a handful of episode titles with the words "The One (With/Where)...", the exceptions being the pilot and the series finale, along with a few shows called "The One After...". Additionally, the pilot has an alternate title; it is now listed on IMDb as "The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate". Netflix and the Season 1 DVD set also use that title. The Other Wiki still calls it "The Pilot". The final episode is titled, logically enough, "The Last One". The reason for this is exactly the one seen above in the trope description: so the episode can be discussed in informal conversation without the need to remember the title.
    • This can result in odd situations where the title won't always correspond to the logical "The One With" name. For example, "The One With The Embryos" is more well-known as the one with the trivia contest that leads to the guys and girls switching apartments.
    • 30 Rock referenced this in an episode guest-starring Jennifer Aniston, as well as cast members of Night Court in an unrelated sub-plot. The episode's title? "The One With The Cast of Night Court."
    • Mock the Week's Funniest Book Ever references it a couple of times, with the fictional Friends episodes "The One You Haven't Seen Before" and "The One Where You Realize That It's Not As Funny As It Used To Be". It also showed up on the show proper once:
    Frankie: My last last was just like Friends. Have you seen The One Where Joey Kills Everybody?
  • Older Than They Think: The Harvey Korman Show titled its episodes like this in 1977, long before Friends made it famous. The gimmick only lasted six episodes, though.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 is often called "that show with the guy and those robots".
  • Doctor Who:
    • One story is famous as "the one with the giant maggots". Its actual title is "The Green Death". In fact, like the James Bond and Rocky examples above, almost all episodes of Doctor Who are introduced with "the one with X" on this very wiki.
    • Neil Gaiman, writer of the episode "The Doctor's Wife" said that he hopes to get the approval of a cab-driver, like this;
    Cabby: What episode did you do? The One with the Angels?
    Neil: No, the One Where The TARDIS Becomes Human.
  • Spoofed on Arrested Development, which has two episodes titled "The One Where Michael Leaves," where Michael doesn't actually leave and "The One Where They Build a House," where they don't actually build a house.
  • That '70s Show was originally going to be called Teenage Wasteland, but after focus groups were repeatedly overheard referring to it as "that '70s show," the producers decided to just go with it.
  • The title of the German children's show Die Sendung mit der Maus ("The Programme with the Mouse"). This is basically a Iconic Character, Forgotten Title that was made official.
  • Peter Kay titled his sketch show That Peter Kay Thing, because he knew that's what people would call it no matter what the actual title was.
  • Horrible Histories: Their first song (of many) featured Kings George I thorough IV of England as a boy band. The bridge into the second chorus takes this form:
    George I: I was the sad one.
    George II: And I was the bad one.
    George III: I was the mad one!
    George VI: And I was the fat one.
  • The "Man Cave Edition" of Cutthroat Kitchen is titled "The One With William Shatner" in summary listings.
  • Legends of Tomorrow titles its Trapped in TV Land episode "The One Where We're Trapped On TV". Appropriately enough, one of the shows the Legends end up in is a Friends parody.

    Newspaper Comics.... the one that shows comics on a newspaper 
  • Done on two separate occasions by Grandma Rose in One Big Happy while discussing movies with her son. The first was when she wanted him to pick up a movie about a boy keeping a dancing caterpillar in a shoebox. The second was when she was describing movies she and Grandpa Nick watched. One was about Indiana Jones being chased by Loretta Lynn's husband.

    Radio.... the one that plays music 
  • Adventures in Odyssey had a two-part episode titled "The One About Trust". It's actually one of the best episodes of the series, but there's no denying that the title is accurate.

    Video Games.... the ones in which games are virtual 

    Web Original.... the one that has popular people with content in the Internet 

    Western Animation.... the one with the cartoons 
  • Duckman has a third season episode titled "The One With Lisa Kudrow in a Small Role". Kinda funny when you remember she played Phoebe on Friends.
  • Futurama executive producer David X. Cohen refers to the episodes "Jurassic Bark" and "Luck of the Fryish" as "the one with Fry's dog" or "the Fry's brother episode", respectively, even though he seems to know the rest of the episode titles. Interestingly, he always seems to remember the production codes for those episodes...
  • Drawn Together had the first season episode "The One Wherein There Is A Big Twist".
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Because of the team-up aspect of the show and the revolving door of supporting characters, this show's episodes are often referred to in discussion as "The One with Plastic Man" or "The first team up with the Blue Beetle", etc.
    • In universe, Aquaman will name his adventures in this manner ("I shall call this adventures The One Where Larger Than Life Heroes Come In Small Packages!")
  • The first few episodes of Family Guy were named after old radio murder mystery play titles that had nothing to do with the episode plots. It didn't take long for the writers to have to resort to "That story in which Peter..." in order to talk among themselves about certain episodes. Shortly afterwards the show started to use titles that refered to the plots.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has a fifth season episode titled "The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows", where Pinkie is the first one to find out about Cadance and Shining Armor's baby and struggles to keep it a secret.
  • Pretty much any installment of The New Scooby-Doo Movies is more likely to be referenced by its guest celebrities ("The One With The Globetrotters") or crossover characters ("That One With The Addams Family") than anything else.

    Real Life.... the one where real events occur 

Stinger.... the one that says something creative before ending the page.

Alternative Title(s): The One Where


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