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Watching Still Game, in particular the episode where Tam is getting married. Sure I’ve probably seen it before but I can’t really remember it. Anyway, Jack just accidentally swallowed the wedding ring.

I suspect that “person or animal swallows wedding ring” is perhaps the most played out trope in TV and Film.

Gauntlet thrown. Over to you, PnB.

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On wedding rings alone you could probably also add, third party tries on ring and gets it stuck on their finger.

Also, on TV wedding rings are far more likely to be their grandmother's ring that's been passed down and simply must be used, compared to how often that's done in real life.

Edited by Jaggy Snake

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People almost never have a normal childbirth - it's generally twins/triplets, or the baby is in breech position or some other complication which is in reality very rare.

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Firing a gun at a locked door will always get it open.  The first shot will always do the job and the bullet will never fly off and hurt anyone.

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Someone hanging off a cliff edge or out of an aircraft etc, and being pulled up to safety. Annoys me even more when they lose grip and they still manage to get a hold of their hand again to pull them up.

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2 hours ago, Jaggy Snake said:

 

Also, on TV wedding rings are far more likely to be their grandmother's ring that's been passed down and simply must be used, compared to how often that's done in real life.

Yes Friends managed to combine “animal ate the wedding ring” and “dead grandmother’s wedding ring”.

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The retired spy/secret agent is living a quiet life in a log cabin out in the woods when his former employers turn up and coax him into one final mission.

The veteran cop is one day away from retirement when some dirty punk blows him away.

WW2 soldiers always queue up for slop served by a cigar smoking misanthrope who says "get outta here" in a New York accent when his food is criticised.

 

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Spies work alone and have exciting jobs. Successful ones always break the rules and that is tolerated.

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Boy meets girl , girl hates boy , they fall in love and live happily ever after 

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American Detective from small town takes on a big case, he’s making great progress, he’s on the verge of cracking it, and then BOOM... The FBI appear on the scene and demand he is removed from the investigation, the big guys are taking over. (This is usually accompanied by a scene where one of the FBI agents makes some sneering remarks to the local detective, making him feel bad). 
 

This usually sprouts numerous scenes of local detective drinking whisky in his living room, explaining to his spouse the hopelessness of the situation, and the spouse then encouraging him to get back to work to crack the case. Occasionally local detective will turn a spare room in his house into an investigation hub, with numerous photos on the wall and lines of red thread pinned between them. Even though he’s not been sacked or put on leave, the local detective will have lots of time to spend in his spare room, possibly he has used annual leave days, possibly not. 
 

One of the FBI agents or another person of importance will then appear at his house for one reason or another, spy the photos on the wall and either bring him back on the team or use his information to crack the case. Local detective takes plaudits, spouse is proud, end scene, roll credits. 

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13 hours ago, craigkillie said:

People almost never have a normal childbirth - it's generally twins/triplets, or the baby is in breech position or some other complication which is in reality very rare.

This is just patently untrue. I have quite a large family, probably over 40 cousins in total, and roughly half of them female . From those female cousins around 8 or 9 babies have been born and not one has been ‘in breech’, whatever that means, and none have been twins or triplets. 

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Falling while running away from a masked killer....who is walking slowly and able to keep up

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3 minutes ago, Cptn Hooch said:

Falling while running away from a masked killer....who is walking slowly and able to keep up

The Walking Dead series is dining out on 10 seasons worth of that sort of stuff. Zombies that can’t even move as fast as someone walking at an average pace, regularly manage to catch and corner humans who suddenly lose all bodily functions when all they would really need to do is just jog away in the opposite direction. To be fair to the writers of the show it wouldn’t make great television if every episode was just people leisurely jogging away from zombies. 

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In action films when there's a big explosion that knocks the hero over then the sound is all muffled and there's tinnitus ringing, they look about all confused in slow motion then there's a whooshing and everything returns to normal.

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Memory loss. The go-to staple of every hack thriller writer.

Especially when combined with "BUT I WAS THE BAD GUYZ ALL ALONG!!!"

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It turns out that the quiet, unattractive but dependable girl with the great personality is actually always a stunner, just need to take her glasses off and stick a bit of makeup on her.

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11 minutes ago, Bert Raccoon said:

It turns out that the quiet, unattractive but dependable girl with the great personality is actually always a stunner, just need to take her glasses off and stick a bit of makeup on her.

Most memorably played out in this atrocity, in which they had to turn the girl into a barely-human sasquatch in order to appear unattractive when placed next to Paris Hilton.

Hottie_and_the_nottie.jpg

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9 hours ago, IrishBhoy said:

This is just patently untrue. I have quite a large family, probably over 40 cousins in total, and roughly half of them female . From those female cousins around 8 or 9 babies have been born and not one has been ‘in breech’, whatever that means, and none have been twins or triplets. 

I think you're missing the point of my post.

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