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"Going! Going! Gosh!" is a 1952 cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series, starring Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.

After yet another unsuccessful attempt at getting his utensils on the Road Runner, Wile E. formulates new plans like a bow and arrow with dynamite, a giant slingshot, quick-drying cement on the road, tossing a grenade while hiding in the sewers, masquerading as a hitch hiker, a painted picture of a bridge, pushing a boulder down a mountain, dropping an anvil from a hot-air balloon, and finally, lunging at the bird with a javelin.


"Going! Going! Gosh!" provides examples of:

  • Anvil on Head: Wile E. tries to drop an anvil on his target while in a hot-air balloon, but the very moment he drops it, the balloon is quickly flung high into the stratosphere. Then, after Wile E. finally falls back to Earth, the anvil lands on him.
  • Ash Face: When he realizes that the arrow with the dynamite is still there (and the bow got sent off instead), the Coyote's upper body is covered in soot. The midpoint of the arrow drops at his feet in the aftermath.
  • Binomium ridiculus: Also the page image. Almost a precise duplicate of the fake scientific names in the first two cartoons.
    ROAD RUNNER (Acceleratti Incredibilis)
    COYOTE (Carnivorous Vulgaris)
  • Building Swing: In his final attempt, Wile E. swings from a beam on opposing cliffs as he gets ready to strike his prey with a javelin. Unfortunately, he hits a trucknote  instead, which causes his harness to wind around the beam with him fully caught in it.
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  • Circling Birdies: Wile E. gets these twice in the last two gags. The latter involves trucks.
  • Cue the Falling Object: Wile E. tries to get the Road Runner by firing an explosive arrow. He fires the bow instead, causing him to get blasted. As he stands there with an Ash Face, the middle part of the arrow breaks off and falls to the ground.
  • Disguised in Drag: The Coyote disguises himself as a female hitch hiker (ala Bugs Bunny) to get the Road Runner to flirt with him. However, the Road Runner simply knocks him over and informs him that he already has a date.
  • Epic Fail: Some more so than others.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Happens twice during the cartoon. First, after when he bursts through the painted bridge, and second when his hot-air balloon goes out of control and malfunctions.
  • Homing Boulders: Wile E. pushes a boulder down a mountain, which fails to hit the Road Runner and is flung back onto the same mountain he is on, hitting him instead.
  • Mythology Gag: The Road Runner signing "I've already got a date" while wearing the disguised Coyote's wig is a callback to 1949's "Fast and Furry-ous", where he does the same thing (with a sign that reads "Road Runners can't read") after failing to fall for the Coyote's school crossing trap.
  • Painted Tunnel, Real Train: The Coyote makes a second attempt at using deception to stop his prey, this time with a giant canvas on the edge of a cliff. It fails as usual, and a truck appears out of nowhere and hits the Coyote, which prompts him to chase the Road Runner, only to burst through the canvas and fall to the ground below.
  • Pun-Based Title: Of "going, going, gone." And Punctuated! For! Emphasis!!
  • Taken for Granite: Non-magical variation. After getting covered in wet cement, Wile E. tries to move, but the cement hardens before he can take a step, leaving him frozen like a statue. How exactly he broke free is left to our imagination.
  • Talking with Signs: The Road Runner's response to the Coyote trying to trick him as a disguised hitch hiker? "I've already got a date".
  • Toon Physics: Wile E.'s first attempt: he tries to shoot an arrow loaded with TNT from a bow, but the bow gets fired instead of the arrow, leaving the latter to explode in the Coyote's face. Part of the charred arrow then falls off.
  • Wet Cement Gag: Wile E. tries this in his third attempt to stop the Road Runner, but the bird is so fast that he harmlessly passes through the cement - and spills some of it onto the Coyote.
  • Written Sound Effect: After Wile E. runs through the canvas and falls, the dust left behind forms the words "Oh, no!"


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Going! Going! Gosh!

Wile E. Coyote disguises himself as a hitch hiker in one of his many fruitless schemes to catch the Road Runner. The bird doesn't fall for it because "I've already got a date".

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