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Mickey: But who's he? Where's the Doctor?
Rose: That's him. Right in front of you.
Jackie: What do you mean that's the Doctor? Doctor who?

  • Happens occasionally on Game Shows:
    • "You are The Weakest Link. Goodbye!"
    • "All this / And this showcase can be yours, if The Price Is Right."
      • "Come on down! You are the first four contestants / the next contestant on The Price is Right!"
    • "I can Name That Tune in five notes." "Four notes." "Three." "Name that tune."
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    • A partial one: "My name is [name], and I am (or am not) smarter than a fifth grader."
    • "So if you're fast enough, smart enough, and if you've got the guts, you can Win Ben Stein's Money!"
    • In-universe example: On an episode of The Odd Couple, Felix appears on Let's Make a Deal. While on the show, he says "Hey Monty, let's make a deal."
    • "Press Your Luck or pass?"
    • "...over [combined value of all prizes] just waiting to be won on Wheel of Fortune!"note 
    • "This is Bud Collyer reminding you to tell the truth!"

  • 7 Yüz: When Pınar's confidence suddenly falters during a meeting in "Hayatın Musikisi", she recognizes that the mere gaze of her crush Eray renders the trigger ineffective. Panicking over the realization, she asks Oşa for help, but he only tells her that no song can overcome love — "the music of life" (hayatın musikisi).
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  • The 4400: In "The Marked", there is an In-Universe example. Curtis Peck's film “Dead. Completely Dead.” features a Marine named Robert Shafto, played by Curtis himself, saying that John F. Kennedy will be "dead. completely dead" by the time that he is through with him.
  • Because of its Idiosyncratic Episode Naming, the title for each episode of The Amazing Race will be heard once during the episode.
  • Many episodes of Angel featured Title Drops, though not every one of them. Not surprising since Angel was the main character and the main characters work for Angel Investigations. It also wasn't necessarily a key moment of the episode. Prominent ones include "A Hole In The World" and "Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been".
  • Arrested Development lampshades the series title in "Forget-Me-Now" as Rita laments the puerile sense of humor of American men.
    Rita: And they think the stupidest things are funny.
    Michael: Yeah, that's a cultural problem is what it is. You know, your average American is in a perpetual state of adolescence, you know, arrested development.
    Narrator: Hey, that's the name of the show!
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  • Near the end of As the World Turns' 53 year run, Bob Hughes (who started out as the preteen son of the central family and ended up as the patriarch), says in a speech "Every day that the world keeps turning is a gift."
  • Barry: The trope is discussed when Barry shows his acting coach Gene the lines he has for an upcoming film shoot. Gene is elated to see that one of Barry's lines includes the title of the film and tells him this means his scene is sure to make it into the final cut.
  • Both Battlestar Galactica specials use this.
    • In Razor, Admiral Cain awards Kendra Shaw the eponymous title, which she applies to the most loyal and merciless of her soldiers.
    • In The Plan, it's first used in print on Brother Cavil's religious flyers, and subsequently in spoken lines by the Cylons.
  • Every episode of The Beiderbecke Trilogy (The Beiderbecke Affair, ...Tapes and ...Connection) uses the first line of dialogue as its title.
  • Twice thus far in Being Human: once in the Pilot and once in the finale.
  • Parodied in Blackadder when Edmund decides to take the name of The Black... Vegetable! Fortunately Baldrick suggests a better title for the series his Lord.
  • Except for "Pilot", episodes of The Blacklist will drop the episode title, given that such episodes are named after people on Red's blacklist. However, during "Pilot", Red drops the series title.
    Red: That was only the first on my list.
    Cooper: What list?
    Red: It's called "the blackist", that sounds exciting.
  • Blue Heelers liked doing this. Just to give one example, in the episode "Pigs Will Fly", after the station bombing someone starts leaving bomb threats, one demanding "Fifty thousand or pigs will fly."
  • In the last episode of Boy Meets World:
    Cory: "Boy Meets World"... now I get it!
  • Breaking Bad, from the pilot: "Some straight like you, giant stick up his ass, all the sudden, age — what, sixty? He's just gonna break bad?" This is a piece of regional slang in the city where the show is set as well.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • The writers hammered home the fact that Bianca Lawson's character wasn't your average single-episode guest star when she introduced herself as "Kendra, the vampire slayer."
    • Used straight in "Anne", where a demon asks each of his prisoners their names (with the insinuation that he will kill them if they actually claim one). Our protagonist responds quite cheerily, "I'm Buffy, the vampire slayer!" Cue the carnage.
    • Also used in "Help", where Buffy was moonlighting as a counselor for troubled teens. ("Buffy the vampire slayer would break down this door." "And Buffy the counselor?" "Waits.")
    • There are a few episodes that do their own title drop, as well, such as "Lie To Me" and "Two to Go". Also, the musical episode, "Once More With Feeling", has the title in a line of the second-last song.
    • This happens with the episode title of Season 3's "Dead Man's Party".
    • Most (if not all) episodes of Buffy do this. Yes, even "What's my line" (some of them sneak it in via central pieces of music, such as "I only have eyes for you" and "Once more with feeling")
  • Burn Notice also features a title sequence drop. The title sequence opens with Michael narrating "My name is Michael Weston. I used to be a spy." In the fifth season, another character introduces Michael near the end of an episode by saying "That's Michael Weston. He used to be a spy."
    • Mike does it himself during the season 1 finale.
  • Chicago Fire and its spinoffs, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med, do this sometimes with the series title, episode title or both.
  • The Closer plays it straight in the pilot episode, as this is how Pope describes Brenda. In a later episode, it's played for laughs, as a funeral director under investigation says "I'm what's known as the closer," meaning he's the one who inspects the bodies and closes the coffins before funerals. Brenda and Sgt. Gabriel share a surprised look when the word is mentioned.
  • Community
    • In the pilot Jeff makes a speech announcing, "you are no longer a study group. You have just become something unstoppable. You've just become a community."
    • In "Repilot", Fourth-Wall Observer Abed states "We could repilot."
  • In an episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a character and her husband don't just say the title of the show...they say the entire expository theme song, which is then followed by the show's title card. (This was subtly foreshadowed earlier, since the theme song and title card had been missing.)
  • The names of the episodes of Criminal Minds are dropped in almost every episode.
  • Likewise, in CSI: NY, usually justified. To name just a few:
    • Episode 1.05: "You know how a Sandhog measures progress? A man a mile. 'Cause that's the death rate down there. Electrocutions, cave-ins, decapitations. Every mile of rock we move, we lose one of our own."
    • Episode 1.09: Officer Blue is the name of the horse which has a bullet needed for evidence lodged in its neck.
    • Episode 1.13: The Tanglewood Boys are the gang involved.
    • Episode 2.14: Necrophilia Americana is the scientific name of the flesh-eating beetles found at the crime scene.
    • Episode 3.24: Danny takes Lindsay's shift and leaves her a note saying, "Enjoy your snow day."
  • "I guess it's not so bad, being Dead Like Me."
  • The true-crime TV show Deadly Women is a gross offender. The narrator is guaranteed to drop the name of the episode at LEAST once. For example, in the episode "Hearts of Stone," she says "They killed... with Hearts of Stone."
  • Every version of Stephen King's The Dead Zone has featured the phrase "the dead zone." However, oddly enough each version ascribes the phrase a different meaning. In the TV series, Johnny's powers stem from the fact that his brain was badly enough damaged during the coma that certain mental functions were re-routed through an area which had up until then been dormant — a "dead zone."
  • "So let me ask you: Deal...or no deal?"
  • Doctor Who:
    • Used fairly straight the first time in "An Unearthly Child", where the Doctor had no clue who "Dr. Foreman" was supposed to be, and mostly used as an in-joke since.
    • And sometimes when he does. In "The Gunfighters", he introduced himself with a very long, muttered name, provoking the response "Doctor who?"
      The Doctor: Yes, quite right.
    • "The Talons of Weng-Chiang":
      Magnus Greel: Let the Talons of Weng-Chiang SHRED your FLESH! [Evil Laugh]
    • The Fourth Doctor namedrops the title of "The Armageddon Factor" after realizing that whoever is behind the war between Atrios and Zeos intends to allow both to be destroyed.
      The Doctor: There'll be a rather large bang, big enough to blow up Zeos, take Atrios with it, and make sure the whole thing ends in a sort of draw. That's the way these military minds work. The armageddon factor.
    • In "The Mark of the Rani", it's shoehorned in by the Master almost every other scene.
    • Because the title can be used as a question, the title can be dropped every time the Doctor meets someone new and doesn't use an alias. Subverted in "Rose":
      The Doctor: I'm the Doctor.
      Rose: Doctor what?
    • "The End of the World":
      The Doctor: It's the year 5.5/apple/26, five billion years in your future, and this is – hold on [checks watch] – this is the day the Sun expands. Welcome to the end of the world.
    • "World War Three":
      The Doctor: World War Three: the Earth gets nuked.
    • "The Long Game" has a belated Title Drop; it ends without any reference to what the title meant at all. Not until the Doctor returns to the same location 100 years later, in "Bad Wolf", does he realise "Someone's been playing a long game." (The title of "Bad Wolf" had, of course already been dropped all over the series.) And of course, not mentioning the "Long Game" of the title until a later episode is itself a reference to the concept of the long game.
      The Doctor: Someone's been playing a long game, controlling Earth from behind the scenes for generations.
    • "The Empty Child":
      Rose: Don't you ever get tired of "Doctor"? Doctor who?
      The Doctor: Nine centuries in, I'm coping.
    • "The Doctor Dances":
      Rose: The world doesn't end 'cause the Doctor dances.
    • "Boom Town": The Doctor goes to see an enemy of his who's not expecting him, and asks her secretary to announce him.
      The Doctor: Just go in there, and tell her the Doctor would like to see her.
      Secretary: Doctor who?
      The Doctor: Just the Doctor. Tell her exactly that. The Doctor.
    • "Bad Wolf": Besides the belated "The Long Game" drop mentioned above, there's this particularly significant dropping of the titular Arc Words, when Rose discovers who runs the killer game show she's wound up on.
      Rodrick: When it comes to the final, I want to be up against you, so that you get disintregrated, and I get a stackload of credits — courtesy of the Bad Wolf Corporation.
    • "The Christmas Invasion": For context, the Doctor's just regenerated and Jackie and Mickey don't recognize him after he passed out due to regeneration sickness.
      Mickey: But who's he? Where's the Doctor?
      Rose: That's him. Right in front of you.
      Jackie: What do you mean that's the Doctor? Doctor who?
    • "The Age of Steel":
      Cyber!Lumic: This is the age of steel and I am its creator.
    • "Army of Ghosts": From Rose's opening narration:
      "Then came the army of ghosts. Then came Torchwood and the war."
    • "The Family of Blood": This is also the first time in the two-part story that the Family's name had been mentioned in full.
      Rocastle: You speak with someone else's voice, Baines. Who might that be?
      Son of Mine: We are the Family of Blood.
    • And obviously, there were a few blink-and-you-miss-it Title Drops in "Blink".
    • "Partners in Crime":
      The Doctor: Hello, I'm the Doctor.
      Donna: And I'm Donna.
      Miss Foster: Partners in crime. And evidently offworlders, judging by your sonic technology.
    • "The Unicorn and the Wasp":
      The Doctor: [opening the leather case Agatha found] Ooh! Someone came here tooled up — the sort of stuff a thief would use.
      Agatha Christie: The Unicorn! He's here!
      The Doctor: The Unicorn and the Wasp.
    • "Silence in the Library":
      The Doctor: A million million lifeforms … and silence in the Library.
    • "Turn Left" has the title dropped several times when Donna is told what decision of hers created the crapsack timeline she's now in, and that she has to prevent her past self from turning right in order to fix things.
    • "The Next Doctor":
      • First the show's title:
        Rosita: Who are you, anyway?
        The Doctor: I'm the Doctor.
        Rosita: Doctor who?
        The Doctor: Just the Doctor.
      • And then the episode title:
        The Doctor: You're the next Doctor. Or the next but one...
    • "The End of Time":
      • First from the Ood:
        "Something vast is stirring in the darkness, and the darkness heralds only one thing: The end of time itself."
      • Then we learn who's trying to bring it about:
        Rassilon: For the end of time itself!
    • "The Beast Below": Twice, at the beginning and end.
      Creepy Girl: Though the man above may say hello, expect no love from the beast below.
      Amy: [voiceover] This dream must end, this world must know — we all depend on the beast below.
    • "The Time of Angels": River reads this from the book on Weeping Angels she has in her possession.
      "What if we had ideas that could think for themselves? What if one day our dreams no longer needed us? When these things occur and are held to be true, the time will be upon us — the time of Angels."
    • "The Vampires of Venice": Almost. Amy says "They're vampires", and the Doctor replies "In Venice!" ("Vampires in Venice" was actually the episode's Working Title.)
    • "Amy's Choice":
      • Dropped by the Dream Lord himself.
        Dream Lord: Pick a world, and this nightmare will all be over. They'll listen to you. It's you they're waiting for. Amy's men. Amy's choice.
      • After the Doctor "defeats" the Dream Lord, Rory title-drops the episode when asked where he wants to go:
        Rory: I'm fine with anywhere. It's Amy's choice.
    • "The Pandorica Opens":
      • River shows the Doctor Vincent van Gogh's painting, left as a message.
        The Doctor: Does it have a title?
        River: The Pandorica Opens.
      • Amy does it too, while accidentally serving River some spoilers from her future.
        "No, but you said you'd see the Doctor again when the Pandorica opens."
    • "A Good Man Goes to War": A few times.
      • First, when Dorium gets a visit from Madame Kovarian, and decides to enlighten her on the origin of her base's name.
        Dorium: That asteroid, that you've made your base. Do you know why they call it "Demon's Run"?
        Manton: How do you know the location of our base?
        Dorium: You're with the Headless Monks. They're old customers of mine.
        Kovarian: It's just some old saying.
        Dorium: A very old saying. The oldest: "Demons run when a good man goes to war."
      • The poem River reads in voiceover at the climax, as Kovarian's scheme is uncovered, has the phrase as a refrain.
        "Night will fall, and drown the sun, when a good man goes to war."
    • "Let's Kill Hitler":
      Mels: Well, let's see: you've got a time machine, I've got a gun. What the hell — let's kill Hitler.
    • "The God Complex".
      Rita: Why is it up to you to save us? That's quite a god complex you've got there.
    • Now elevated to more than just a Running Gag and in-joke after "The Wedding of River Song". "Doctor who?" is now the oldest question in the universe, which must never be answered.
    • And now in "Asylum of the Daleks", all the Daleks repeat "Doctor Who?" over and over after they all get Laser-Guided Amnesia.
    • "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship":
      The Doctor: I know! Dinosaurs! On a spaceship!
    • "The Power of Three": Amy delivers this voiceover at the end, which also manages to drop the episode's Working Title, "Cubed".
      "It was also when we realized something the Shakri never understood: what 'cubed' really means — the power of three."
    • "The Angels Take Manhattan":
      The Doctor: River, how many Angels in New York?
      River: It's like they've taken over every statue in the city.
      The Doctor: Yeah. The Angels take Manhattan because they can. Because they've never had a food source like this one.
    • "The Snowmen" has the phrase "Doctor who?" used no less than three times, mostly by new companion Clara.
    • "The Bells of Saint John":
      • First the episode title …
        Monk: Wake the abbot! The bells of Saint John are ringing!
      • And then the show's title: when the Doctor meets Clara properly, he introduces himself, and she asks "Doctor who?" He then realizes he likes having people ask him that, and asks her to say it twice more.
    • "The Rings of Akhaten": The Doctor introduces Clara to her first offworld destination.
      "Welcome to the rings of Akhaten."
    • "The Crimson Horror": The locals of a Yorkshire town with mysterious red corpses turning up in the canal have dubbed the cause of death the "Crimson Horror", because they don't know what it is.
      Coroner: 'E's not the first I've 'ad in 'ere, lookin' like that. "The Crimson 'Orror" — that's what they're callin' it.
    • Exploited perfectly in "The Name of the Doctor", and best of all, not in a way the audience would expect.
      War Doctor: What I did, I did without choice.
      Eleventh Doctor: I know.
      War Doctor: In the name of peace, and sanity.
      Eleventh Doctor: But not in the name of the Doctor!
    • Close in "Time Heist". "It's not a bank heist; it's a time travel heist."
    • "Dark Water": The titular substance is introduced.
      Dr. Chang: We call it "dark water". Only organic matter can be seen through it.
    • "Last Christmas":
      Clara: Every Christmas is last Christmas.
    • "Sleep No More" is a Literary Allusion Title taken from Macbeth, and the Doctor quotes the passage in question at one point in the episode.
    • "Face the Raven":
      Clara: We all face the raven in the end.
    • "The Ghost Monument" is a location on the planet Desolation so named because, every thousand years, a ghost-like object briefly appears there. It's also the finish line in the final Galactic Relay. It's actually the TARDIS caught in a materialization loop.
    • "It Takes You Away" is all young Hanne can say when she hides under the table from the monster that lurks in the woods outside her cottage.
    • "Can You Hear Me?" begins with a woman's voice asking that exact question.
  • Entourage used a last line Title Drop for the in-universe Queens Boulevard movie. This is also lampshaded in Johnny Drama's Show Within a Show, "Not in my town, not in my Five Towns!"
  • Eureka doesn't just title drop, it does a title sequence drop. It has always had part of the title sequence end with Carter watching buildings floating in mid-air. 4 seasons later, they have a problem of the week involving anti-gravity and they drop the title sequence mid-way through the episode, almost exactly like the title sequence, including the theme music.
  • "Fellow guests, I am Mr. Rourke, your host. Welcome to Fantasy Island."
  • Farscape has a few episodes that drop their titles, such as "A Human Reaction", "Picture If You Will", "Dream a Little Dream", and "Dog With Two Bones". "Self-Infliced Wounds: Could'a, Would'a, Should'a" is partial example, as only the sub-title of the episode is dropped.
  • The Frankenstein Chronicles: The phrase "a world without God", the first episode's title, is repeated throughout the series as a fear several characters have of the implications assuming the dead can be resurrected by human beings (i.e. apparently they feel it would disprove God's existence, as the villains think). Later, "The Frankenstein Murders" doubles as a title, a headline, and a Berserk Button for Sir Robert Peel.
  • Frasier: The names of the episodes will always be mentioned in the show itself, whether by the title cards following each act break or by the characters themselves.
  • Fresno parodied this with a Distant Prologue of Spanish explorers coming into the land that would one day be the city of Fresno, and it turns out the name is a word used to describe how nasty the grapes taste.
  • In Game of Thrones, every episode is Title Dropped since the episodes are typically named after a significant line from them, and the titles aren't displayed. However, the one that tops them all is a series title drop and episode title drop in one line:
    Cersei Lannister: When you play the game of thrones, you win... or you die. There is no middle ground.
  • Every episode in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill, though the conversations are often not particularly important to the plot.
  • "By its very definition, Glee is about opening yourself up to joy." Done again, various times, for episode titles, eg. "Thanks, Grilled Cheesus!". They even managed to drop the title with a song for the episode Extraordinary Merry Christmas.
  • Most if not all of the episode titles of GLOW are dropped within the episodes themselves, such as Nerds being the 1985 "Candy of the Year" and Sam quipping about Ruth's allergies being triggered by "Dessert Pollen."
  • Every episode of Good Eats begins the same way:note 
    Alton Brown: Why, [food of the day] isn't just delicious, it's—
    Intro tune: Good Eats!
  • And if you ever...ever...think it doesn't happen on The Disney Channel, too...well, Good Luck Charlie.
  • The words in the show title were the very last spoken words in the series finale of Happy Days.
  • HBO shows The Wire, Deadwood, and Boardwalk Empire all use lines of dialogue from particular episodes as the title of the episodes themselves, though the titles are not shown in the opening credits.
  • Here Come the Brides: After Jason Bolt says grace in the pilot, he says, "Gangway, Lord, here come the brides!"
  • There is no episode of Heroes that does not have someone use the word "hero".
  • In the second episode of Hogan's Heroes, an Allied pilot looks down to see an arrow made by the lit cigarettes of the Stalag 13 men standing in formation and comments, "There they are, Hogan's Heroes." On a few other occasions they're referred to as the "Unsung Heroes" by the media.
  • Most episodes of House feature Title Drops of the episode titles, which are otherwise not shown.
  • How Do They Do It? They say it at least four times an episode.
  • How I Met Your Mother has been title-dropped several times (including in the first minute of the pilot: "Kids, I'm going to tell you an incredible story; the story of how I met your mother") both by Future!Ted and Past!Ted, generally couched in conversations and/or using variations ("Kids, there's more than one story of how I met your mother" "When I have kids, I'm gonna tell them the full story of how I met their mother").
    • The show tends to title drop almost every episode, with the few exceptions making perfect sense anyway (for example, "How Lily Stole Christmas", an episode that centers on Lily being called a "Grinch".
  • "Say kids, what time is it?!" "(It's) Howdy Doody time!!"note 
  • On iCarly, Freddie thinks up the name, title drops it, then explains it a little more:
    Freddie: i, Internet...Carly, you...
    • Almost entirely in "iWant My Website Back". When Carly confronts Nevel over stealing the iCarly URL from them, she pleads to him, "I just want my website back!"
    • The episode "iLove You" has a Title Drop, but it's a Shocking Swerve. Everyone is expecting it to be one or both Sam and Freddie saying "I Love You" to the other in a romantic moment to cement them as the Official Couple, instead it's said after they break up as Sam is about to leave, and they stay broken up after.
  • Alton Brown referring to the Iron Chef America participants as "Your Iron Chefs, America" in their introduction seems a pretty blatant attempt at this.
  • In a 1970s British comedy set in World War II India, a new arrival writing a letter to his mother decides not to tell her how awful the place is, and writes It Ain't Half Hot Mum instead.
  • JAG: Occurs throughout the series times whenever a character introduces oneself followed by he/she is from JAG or is a JAG lawyer. Individual episode names are also often, but not always, dropped.
    • In "Brig Break", Harm looks out the window and sees the prisoners exiting the brig and herding Meg Austin onto a bus. He immediately shouts "BRIG BREAK" before trying to stop them from escaping.
  • In Law & Order, the individual episodes often title drop the names of that particular episode. The title of the show itself has also been said on occasion.
  • In an episode of Leverage, the Villain of the Week remarks that as long as he is holding Nate and Sophie hostage, he "has leverage."
    • "We provide... leverage."
  • Little Fires Everywhere: In the season one finale, a firefighter says there are "little fires everywhere" inside the house, as Elena's kids set it on fire.
  • Virtually every episode of The Lone Ranger TV series ends with some variant of the following:
    Townsman #1: Who was that masked man?
    Townsman #2: That was the Lone Ranger.
  • In Lost, many episodes feature Title Drops (even bizarre phrases such as "Tricia Tanaka is Dead"). The series' name is Title Dropped every episode, in lines as "we're lost", "we've lost him" et cetera..
    • How about Ben's "And now you're more lost than you ever were."
    • Strangely, the writers set themselves up for and didn't use an amazing title drop opportunity in ''What They Died For" when Jacob is describing the attributes of the candidates. Everything he said would have been summed up nicely by saying "All of you were lost." but he just stops speaking.
      • Speaking of "What They Died For", Jacob drops the episode title when confronted about the recent deaths of Sayid, Jin and Sun; "Come and sit down, and I'll tell you what they died for".
  • Every episode of Lucifer has its specific title mentioned by someone in that episode.
  • Al Bundy, in a notable example as mentioned below: “I just realized everything I’ve been doing up to now—the bathing, the brushing, the changing of the socks, being nice to people, trying to succeed — it’s all for nothing. All those things are... designed to attract. Why should I be attractive? I’m Married... with Children.”
  • (whinnying; birds tweeting) "Hello. I'm Mister Ed." (Title Theme Tune startsnote )
  • Mr. Show inverts the trope by choosing a completely random line from each episode as the title, such as, "Oh, you men!"
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 makes a habit of commenting whenever a Title Drop occurs in one of their movies. Usually with Joel/Mike and the Bots saying in unison, "We have a title!"
  • In a possible first, played with incredible emotion in the My Wife and Kids episode "Man of the Year". After his family console him and show him how much they appreciate him, he drops the tile.
    Michael: I want to thank you guys for reminding me what's really important in my life. That's the love and respect of my wife and kids.
  • "Face it. Abnormal is The New Normal".
  • No Ordinary Family nearly does this during the Previously On… with "We started out as/We were no longer an ordinary family" and then gets played straight in dialogue during the season finale.
  • The Noddy Shop:
    • According to PBS Kids, the show's full name is Notions Oddities Doodads and Delights of Yesterday. In the first episode, there's a scene where Kate says the full name while pointing to the letters on the sign.
    • Being that a character in the show is also called Noddy (the show's North American title), you can expect that word to be said at least Once per Episode.
  • NUMB3RS had a combination of episode titles that were pulled directly from elements of the plot and episode titles that were more metaphorical or symbolic (and a handful that were both, eg. "Double Down"), so it's about a 50/50 chance that a title will be dropped in any given episode note . However, pretty much all the title drops that did happen were crafted in such a way that they occur naturally as part of the dialogue and consequently aren't especially noticeable.
    • An interesting variation in "Atomic No. 33". No one actually speaks the title as written, but, "Atomic Number 33" is a scientific reference to arsenic, and arsenic plays a significant role in the plot and is therefore mentioned note  more than a few times.
    • Another variation in "Thirty-Six Hours". No one actually speaks the title (or any variation of it), but with every scene change, there's a title card indicating how many hours into the disaster they are. The final card, predictably, reads "Hour Thirty-Six".
    • The series title itself, being a single word critical to much of the work in the series, is of course dropped countless times, but it is worth noting that it's specifically dropped as the final word of the pilot episode (as part of Charlie's Catch Phrase "Everything is Numbers").
  • In the season one finale of One Tree Hill, The Games that Play Us, Karen is talking to Lucas one last time before he leaves Tree Hill. Karen puts her arm around Lucas and says 'There is only one Tree Hill'.
  • Happens in the series finale of Orphan Black, where it is revealed to be the title of Helena's book.
    • An indirect one occurs back in season 1, when Mrs. S refers to Sarah as an orphan "in the black".
  • The Outer Limits (1995):
    • During Dr. Givens's closing speech in "Final Appeal, Part 2".
    "The real miracles, the miracles at the outer limits of our imagination, are yet to come."
    • The Control Voice's closing narration for "Worlds Within" is "Despite our evermore sophisticated technology, sometimes an open mind and a caring heart are more important tools to fathom our reality all the way from its deepest inner reaches to its most distant outer limits." This is the only episode of either this series or The Outer Limits (1963) in which the phrase "outer limits" is featured in the Control Voice's narration for an episode outside of the opening credits.
  • The Partridge Family: In "Waiting for Bolero," Danny uses binoculars to spy on Keith and his girlfriend, whom he intends to woo using the song "Bolero." When Laurie asks him what he's doing, he says, "Waiting for Bolero."
  • In the pilot episode, the news is left on in the background, and a reporter mentions that the main character is wanted as a "Person of Interest" in an assault.
  • Pretty Little Liars does it with a jumping rope song in episode 2x14.
  • The final episode of the Filipino soap opera Princess and I reveals that one of the two princes (that was part of the Love Triangle) was narrating the story all along to a group of children. The following title drop is ironic, considering he Did Not Get the Girl, giving leeway to his best friend and the princess.
  • Saturday Night Live ends its opening skit with "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!", a slightly rearranged version of the show title which had its origins in the rather obscure fact that when the show launched in 1975, its actual title was Saturday Night rather than Saturday Night Live because the latter title was already taken for the short-lived Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell.
  • Done quite a few times in the Saved by the Bell: The New Class episode "Loser" especially in a nightmare Liz has when she loses a swim meet.
  • In the School of Rock episode "A Band with No Name", the bandmates argue about what to call the band. After nearly breaking up arguing about it, at their first gig, a girl's birthday party, Lawrence announces their name is "School of Rock" which everyone else likes.
  • From the first episode of Scrubs:
    Bob Kelso: Dr. Dorian, do you not realize that you're nothing but a large pair of scrubs to me?
  • In-universe examples from Seinfeld: Whenever the gang goes to the movies, the film(s) they watch often feature title drops.
    • "Everybody into the Chunnel!"
    • "Oh, Rochelle Rochelle..."
  • The Shadow Line has a lot of musings on the theme of shadows, lines and light throughout the series, but the title itself is only dropped once, during a conversation about Gabriel's possible corruption in episode 5.
  • Slings & Arrows deliberately avoids dropping the title: in the first rehearsal where Jack (who's playing Hamlet) reads the "to be or not to be" soliloquy, he misspeaks and says "the stings and arrows of outrageous fortune".
  • Smallville makes this easy for itself by using one-word episode names. Sometimes it was still awkward, glaring, and embarrassing. A few examples:
    Lex: So the Prodigal son returns.
    Chloe: You are not forced into Exile.
    Chloe: I'm Devoted to you. I love you, Clark.
    Lana: I want Power.
    • While there are many episodes that avoid the word, sometimes something like this come up.
      Lex Luthor: ("Phoenix") I have no doubt that I'll rise from the ashes again.
  • At the start of the second episode of Sons of Liberty, Benjamin Franklin comments in a meeting with British leaders: "If you make martyrs of these men, the people of Boston won’t see these men as sons of tyranny. They’ll be seen as sons of liberty."
  • The Sopranos drops a title almost every episode. This became more and more noticeable as the series went on and got more and more unusual titles. In the first season, for example, there were titles like "Meadowlands" (though that, in a subversion, wasn't actually said until the following episode), "College", "A Hit Is A Hit", and "Nobody Knows Anything" (which was used at least twice in the ep). In the sixth season, you had things like "The Fleshy Part Of The Thigh" (which is where a supporting character offers to shoot a wannabe gangsta rapper, nonlethally and with minimal complications, in order to give him street cred).
  • In the second season, Stargate SG-1 frequently had a character reference the episode's title, but it always sounded more akin to Cochrane's "some kind of star trek" comment than anything profound.
  • The meaning of the title Star Trek is fairly self-evident, so they managed to go without doing this for thirty years. Then, in Star Trek: First Contact, Zephram Cochrane says, "So you're astronauts, on some kind of star trek?" Also, in the Star Trek: The Next Generation finale Q nearly does it: "It's time to put an end to your trek through the stars".
  • Done several times in Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • "Skin Of Evil":
    Armus: I am a skin of evil, left here by a race of titans, who believed if they rid themselves of me, they would free the bounds of destructiveness.
    • "Ship in a Bottle":
    Moriarty: Your crewmates here in my little ship in a bottle, seem a bit more optimistic.
    • "Tapestry":
    Picard: There are many parts of my youth that I'm not proud of... there were loose threads... untidy parts of me that I would like to remove. But when I pulled on one of those threads... it had unraveled the tapestry of my life.
    • "All Good Things...":
    Q: Goodbye, Jean-Luc. I'm gonna miss you... you had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end...
  • This is also done in some episodes such as the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky". "Plato's Stepchildren" is another memorable title drop, as it occurs within moments of the episode's beginning, and has relatively little relevance on the plot of the episode from then on.
  • Also in Star Trek VI, Chancellor Gorkon proposes a toast to "The Undiscovered Country: the future." Justified because everyone is constantly spouting William Shakespeare throughout the movie; but it's played as a bit of a gaffe/uncomfortable foreshadowing, because the real "undiscovered country" in Hamlet is death.
  • Subverted in the Star Trek: Voyager two-part episode "Year of Hell". When things first start to go pear-shaped Janeway says, "This is turning into the week of hell."
  • St. Elsewhere: St. Eligius' derogatory nickname St. Elsewhere is used in nine episodes, including all six season premieres: "Pilot", "Bypass", "Ties That Bind", "Playing God, Part 1", "Cheers", "Remembrance of Things Past", "Where There's Hope, There's Crosby", "Resurrection" and the Series Finale "The Last One".
  • An episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody has Carey telling the boys they're "Grounded on the 23rd Floor".
  • Supernatural:
    • Played with in "Wishful Thinking". Sam claims to be writing a book to get a witness to talk to him. When she asks the title, he has to think quickly to come up with "Uh, well, the working title is...Supernatural?"
    • Subverted in "It's a Terrible Life". Sam (who is actually Sam Wesson, in an alternate reality) comments about the suspicious deaths in the episode, "What if these suicides aren't suicides? I mean, what if they're something not natural?"
    • Dean delivers this speech to Lucifer in "The End":
      Dean: You're the same thing, only bigger. The same brand of cockroach I've been squashing my whole life. An ugly, *evil*, belly to the ground supernatural piece of crap. The only difference between them and you... is the size of your ego.
    • Sam does this in "The French Mistake". A twofer, since he's actually referring to (a fictional representation of) the real show, rather than some other element in the story.
    • Also happens on "Party On, Garth".
    • The Men of Letters Bunker is described at one point as "the supernatural mother load".
  • Survivor and The Amazing Race have a habit of turning random lines from contestants into show titles, forcing this to happen Once per Episode.
    • Sometimes the title of the series is part of the episode title - This happened three times in Survivor Season 30 ("It's Survivor Warfare", "Finally Playing Some Survivor", "Survivor Russian Roulette").
  • The National Geographic Channel show Taboo does this during every segment of the show. For example, the narrator may say "Some people consider X to be taboo", with extra emphasis on taboo. Arguably justified because that is an actual word.
  • In the sixth episode of Teen Wolf. It's also a Stealth Pun and Bilingual Bonus.
    Stiles: Be a man. Be a werewolf. Not a TEEN WOLF, a werewolf.
  • Played with by Terriers. Britt suggests to Hank that their private detective business needs a mascot, something that tells people that once they're on the case, they never give up. They think it over and can't come up with anything.
  • Many of the episode titles of The Terror: Infamy are lines used within the episodes. For example, in "All the Demons Are Still in Hell," when Henry rejects Yamato-san's offer of sutra to ward off the obake, Yamato-san asks him he really believes that all the demons are still in hell.
  • That Girl famously ended its opening segments with somebody pointing at the title character and saying "That Girl!", with a sometimes contrived and convoluted lead-in to get to that point.
  • In the very first episode of The Thin Blue Line:
    Fowler: In the grand order of life there are but two forces: those of order, and those of chaos. And between them there lies us, the thin blue line.
    [Goody immediately points out that that means three forces.]
  • Done in The Twilight Zone (1959) in many episodes, usually to point out the black humor ending. Some examples:
    • "You were right. PEOPLE really ARE ALIKE ALL OVER."
    • " I have TIME ENOUGH AT LAST."
  • The Twilight Zone (1985):
    • In "If She Dies", Paul Marano's young daughter Cathy is in a coma. He twice laments "if she dies" to Dr. Brice, meaning that he can't face life without her.
    • In "Ye Gods", Todd Ettinger says "Ye gods!" after he summons the Fury Megaera to his apartment.
    • In "What Are Friends For?", Alex and Jeff Mattingly's Not-So-Imaginary Friend Mike rhetorically asks Alex the titular question before he disappears.
    • The closing narration of "Crazy as a Soup Sandwich" says that "making a deal with the master of demons...well, that's crazy as a soup sandwich."
  • Parodied in Two and a Half Men. There is usually a Title Drop in the episode, but it is usually a completely irrelevant line that gets little attention drawn to it and has no impact on the plot.
  • Parodied by the Upright Citizens Brigade, when a man tells a video store clerk that he had the title line in Star Wars. The man claims that, in a scene that was cut in the final release, he wanders into the Millennium Falcon for no good reason, says, "I'm just so tired of all these star wars," and walks out.
    • He does the same for Out of Africa.
    • Mad Magazine's parody of the first film opened with a character in the midst of a space battle saying "Boy, this movie sure is noisy! Maybe that's why they called it —" splash opening title: STAR ROARS.
  • The first season of Upstairs Downstairs gives us a Theme Music Drop ... twice. Partway through the season, the show's closing theme crops up as a music-hall song performed in-story by a recurring character. Then, in the season's final episode, the show's opening theme is played on the organ at another character's wedding.
  • Veronica Mars, being Character Titled, often has a title drop, but one episode managed to do a Theme Tune title drop/quote, with Veronica saying 'We used to be friends, a long time ago', right before the theme song 'We Used to Be Friends' starts, the first line of which is 'A long time ago, we used to be friends'.
  • The Walking Dead: Expect the episode names to be uttered by any of the characters within the episode. The series title is dropped by Rick after the group is driven from the farm, and he reveals they're all infected.
    • He drops it again in episode 10 of the fifth season.
  • Three of the four episodes of a miniseries called The Way We Live Now had one of these, although usually the exact wording would be changed to something like "The way people live now."
  • While The West Wing doesn't qualify as a whole, a number of episodes do on their own, such as "Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc", "An Khe", "Eppur Si Muove" and the finale "Tomorrow" (it's the last line spoken in the entire show).
  • The Wonder Years final episode: "And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back... with wonder."
  • Inverted on an episode of WWE Raw in late 1997. Announcer Jim Ross had told the hot new Heel tag team of "Road Dogg" Jesse Jammes and "Badass" Billy Gunn that they had been acting like "a couple of new age outlaws." They soon became known as the New Age Outlaws.
  • The X-Files is fond of this trope, especially for their myth-arc episodes. A few however are misnomers and refer to scape goats and not the real culprits. An example would be the episode "The Red Museum" which features the eponymous cult who were victims in the mystery, not the culprits like the town believed.
  • Many episodes of Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister end with a character, usually Sir Humphrey or Bernard, responding to something Hacker has said by saying "Yes, (Prime) Minister." Nigel Hawthorne, showing his serious actor chops, made a point of saying this with a different emotion every time.
    • By the time of the Christmas Special at the end of season 3, this was the expected ending to each episode; so when Humphrey revealed Hacker's promotion by saying "Yes, Prime Minister" for the first time, it was quite an aversion.
  • The Young Ones reserved their Title Drop for the final few minutes of the series. As the lads ride to glory in a stolen double-decker bus with wads of stolen cash, Rick celebrates their victory and newfound freedom in a rousing speech: "We’re young ones! Bachelor boys!" Seconds later, the bus crashes through a Cliff Richard billboard and plummets off a steep cliff, whereupon landing it explodes into a fireball from whence nothing or no one could escape. The End.


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