Alice is being harassed by Bob, and just as the conversation reaches a climax, a third character walks in and says, "Is Bob bothering you?", to which Alice replies, "No, Bob was just leaving." Then Bob leaves.
One common variant has Bob himself say, "No, I was just leaving."
- Occurs in Shrek 2, when one of the Fairy Godmother's workers goes into her office to bring her lunch while she's dressing down Shrek.
- Subverted in Animal House, when a coed says, "He was just leaving," Boone replies, "No, I'm not."
- Happens to Danny in Ocean's Eleven when Terry Benedict walks in on Danny talking to Tess (Danny's ex-wife, Benedict's girlfriend) at a restaurant.
- Played with in Batman Returns, when Bruce Wayne is meeting with Max Shreck to discuss the power-plant proposal. It isn't too long before their discussion of the controversy turns personal, and then nasty: Max bragging that he's more powerful than even Gotham City's current mayor, let alone an Upper-Class Twit like Bruce, and Bruce retorting that that's only because Max has the Penguin and the Red Triangle Circus Gang secretly helping him. Max responds to this (true) accusation by calling it "mudslinging" and vowing that "if my assistant were here", he'd have her throw Bruce out at once. At that very moment, Selina Kyle actually does show up, and declares that she'd be happy to take Bruce anywhere. Already unnerved by Bruce's suspicions, and absolutely shocked that Selina is still alive (he had tried to kill her the night before), Max gets rid of both his problems simultaneously by ordering Selina to show Bruce the door.
- Heroes - Daphne is the victim, Matt is the harasser and Daphne's dad is the eavesdropper.
- In The Leftovers episode "A Most Powerful Adversary", Kevin comes to Virgil's house and bumps into a tense situation between Virgil and his grandson Michael. Virgil resolves the situation by announcing that Michael was just leaving which the latter grudgingly does.
- German series Liebling Kreuzberg had the protagonist (a somewhat unconventional lawyer) do this.
Secretary: "Is there a problem?"
Liebling: "No, just wanted to leave. Didn't you hear? You just wanted to leave!"
- Happens late in Emi's route of Katawa Shoujo, during a visit to her home, if you choose to talk to her mother.
Meiko: Emi, Hisao was just—
Emi: On his way out of the house? Yeah, I know.
- In The Little Rascals episode "The Case of the Puzzled Pals", after Spanky tells the other Rascals that they weren't supposed to be in the treehouse:
Alfalfa: W-What do you mean, Spanky? We—yipes! [falls from ceiling]
Darla: We were just leaving.Buckwheat: Yeah, to the scene of the crime!
- The debut episode of The Beatles, "A Hard Day's Night" had the boys in Transylvania trekking to a deserted castle so they can rehearse in private. A graveyard is nearby as a stone in the ground of a gravesite opens and a one-eyed hunchbacked figure emerges. He turns out to be the caretaker.
Caretaker: You fellows want something?
John: W-w-we were just leaving!
Caretaker: No need to rush off on my account. I like to have visitors. Drop in. (chuckles) Being a caretaker here is a lonely lot.