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Bob has the situation under control, and is explaining it to his partner, Alice. While he initially thought everything was fine and going to plan, it's only once he stops to think about it and hears himself say it aloud that he realizes how much trouble he and Alice are really in.

Essentially, a case of in-universe Fridge Logic catching up to the characters, can be played for laughs or drama. Can be triggered by the listening party's Let Me Get This Straight... putting a new perspective on Bob's explanation.

The Oh Crap can also be simply that there really is No Time to Explain.

Examples of Explain, Explain, Oh Crap include:


  • The Dragon Ball Z movie Cooler's Revenge, or at least its English dub, has Cooler being launched towards the Sun by Goku in the climax, leading to this exchange:

Cooler: Curse you Super Saiyan! I am going to get out of this and when I do, I'm going to tear you to pieces! Huh? (sees a faint glow behind him, cut to a POV of the sun that's gradually growing bigger) It's the star of this solar system. Maybe I can blow it up instead and have the planet freeze in darkness. Wait a second... I'M HEADING RIGHT FOR IT!!


Comic Book

  • In the first issue of the Marvel-licensed prequel comic book series for The Little Mermaid by Disney, similar to the Simpsons example listed below involving Praiseland, Sebastian when watching Ariel and Triton make amends to each other, expresses joy on how everything turned out well, only to realize that Evil Manta is reaching for Triton's discarded crown (as King Triton, having been led to believe that Ariel was abducted by Evil Manta thanks to the latter replacing Ariel's runaway note with a forgery earlier, was about to surrender the crown to ensure Ariel's safety):

Sebastian: How sweet! Ariel is happy, and da Evil Manta is stealing King Triton's crown... Da Evil Manta?!?



  • Star Wars: "But if they traced the robots here, they may have learned who they sold them to, and that would lead them back... home!"
    • Return of the Jedi: "But how could they be jamming us if they don't know we- ...if we're coming? Break off the attack! The shield is still up!"
      • Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader includes the same line during the Battle of Endor level, although Lando's voice actor screws up the delivery by having him demand to know how the Empire could be jamming them if they aren't aware of their arrival in an irritated manner without giving any indication that he realized midway through, and then abruptly demands that they break off the attack due to the shield still being active.
  • Monty Python and The Holy Grail has a variation with the Trojan Rabbit: "What happens next?" " Well, now, uh, Launcelot, Galahad, and I wait until nightfall, and then leap out of the rabbit, taking the French by surprise -- not only by surprise, but totally unarmed!" "Who leaps out?" "Uh, Launcelot, Galahad, and I. Uh, leap out of the rabbit, uh, and uh... um, l-look, if we built this large wooden badger..."
    • "RUN AWAY"
  • Dr. Strangelove - Hell yes, the bomber has a chance to make it through!
  • The Avengers

 Tony: That's the point. That's Loki's point. He'll get all of us right at where we live. Why?

Cap: To tear us apart.

Tony: Yeah, divide and conquer... but, he knows he has to take us out for him to win, right? That's what he wants! He must beat us, he must be seen doing it... it's kinda obvious.

Cap: Right. We caught his act in Stuttgart...

Tony: Yeah. That's just preview... this is opening night! And, Loki, he's a full-on diva... he wants flowers, he wants parades, he wants a monument built to the sky with his name plastered...

Beat with Cap looking incredulously at Tony's choice of adjectives for Loki

Tony: Son of a bitch... ( he realizes Loki will use his own Stark Tower for summoning the Chitauri)


 Maleficent: (with Dramatic Thunder in the background) It's INCREDIBLE!! Sixteen years, and not a trace of her?! She can't simply have vanished into thin air! (suddenly gets suspicious) Are you sure you've searched everywhere?
Pig-like goon: yeah, yeah, anywhere, we all ...
Goblin-like mook: Yeah, yeah!
(Mooks agree clamorously)
Maleficent: But what about the town?! The forests?! The Mountains?!
Pig-like goon: We searched mountains, forests, and houses, and let me see,in all the cradles.
Maleficent: Cradle?
Pig-like goon: Yeah, yeah (chuckles before doing rocking motions) every cradle.
Maleficent: Cradle?! (turns to her pet raven Diablo) Did you hear that my pet? All these years, they've been looking for a baby!
(All the mooks give a confirming nod; Maleficent then gives a truly depraved laugh, with the mooks promptly joining in)
Maleficent: (turns angry at the drop of a dime) Fools!
(the mooks cover their mouths, now realizing just how badly they screwed up)
Maleficent: Idiots! Imbeciles! (promptly blasts them with lightning in rage over the screw-up).



  • In Timeline, one character is trying to convince the others that it is possible to travel to the past via a wormhole. Another character points out that it is impossible for a physical body to safely go through one. The first character retorts that the same can be said about a fax machine. The second character launches into trying to explain that the fax machine first has to convert the scanned data into a "stream of electrons", before realizing that the first character is talking about the same for the wormhole with a big "Oh shit!".
  • A comedic version in the Ciaphas Cain novel The Traitor's Hand. Cain is discussing Mauve Shirt "Jinxie" Penlan with the command staff when her reputation comes up, and...

 Cain: "But she's not nearly as accident prone as she's supposed to be. I'll grant you she fell down an ambull tunnel once, and there was that incident with the frag grenade and the latrine trench, but things tend to work out for her. The orks on Kastafore were as surprised as she was when the floor in the factory collapsed, and we'd have walked right into that hrud ambush on Skweki if she hadn't triggered the mine by chucking an empty food tin away..."

My brain finally caught up to what I was saying and I trailed off rather lamely. "Well, you know how soldiers exaggerate these things."

  • Vimes does one of these in Jingo when he works out how 71-hour Ahmed got his name.
  • In Wizard's First Rule, first book of the Sword of Truth series, Zedd invokes this on a mob that's coming to burn him for being a witch. Zedd asks them why, exactly, they want to burn him, and they say it's because of his horrible magic powers. Zedd asks them to elaborate and be more specific. As they list all the different ways that they think Zedd can throw magical wrath around, the crowd slowly realizes that attacking someone who can shoot fire out of his fingertips might not be the brightest idea after all.

Live Action Television

  • In the second season episode of White Collar called "By the Book" there is a Let Me Get This Straight... moment when Peter points out the flaw in the Perfect Exchange but later when Mozzie figures it out its more of one of theses as he exclaims 'There is no middle man!'
  • Firefly plays with this in the episode "Out of Gas". The crew of Serenity is in a dire situation with the life support system failing. They are in a deserted region of space with little chance of any ships wandering around there. Wash has lost all hope, when Mal suggests a way to boost the SOS signal.

 Wash: What do you expect me to do, Mal?

Mal: Whatever you have to. And if you can't do it from here, then get a suit on and go outside on the side of the boat...

Wash: And what? Wave my arms around?

Mal: Wave your arms around. Jump up and down. Divert the nav sats to the transmitter. Whatever.

Wash: Divert the - Right! Because teenage pranks are fun when you're about to die!

Mal: Give the beacon a boost, wouldn't it?

Wash: Yes, Mal, it would boost the signal. But even if some passerby did happen to receive, all it would do is muck up their navigation.

Mal: Could be that's true.

Wash: Damn right, it's true. They'd be forced to stop and dig out our signal before they could even go anyplace.

[Beat, Mal waits for Wash to get it]

Wash: [Still yelling as if he's angry] Well maybe I should do that, then!

Mal: [Yelling back] Maybe you should!

Wash: Okay!

Mal: Fine!

 Jayne: [enters the room] What the hell do you two think you're doing? Fighting at a time like this? (...) You'll use up all the air!


 Frasier: What on Earth could have made him think that I was interested in him? I just asked him if he was attached, and then we talked about the theater and men’s fashions - oh, my God. Niles, do you realise what this means?

Niles: Yes, you're dating your boss.

  • In the Doctor Who episode "A Good Man Goes to War", the Doctor runs into this when it turns out that Amy and Rory's daughter is part Time Lord, which the supporting cast assume was a result of it being conceived on the TARDIS. He insists that it can't be possible as, between the various cosmic retcons that went on the previous season, the first time they were on the TARDIS together in this version of reality was the night after their wed - oops.
  • That 70s Show: In one episode, Kitty drags Hyde to a jewelery store to see the ring she thinks that Red is buying for her behind her back. The jeweler shows her an engagement ring on reserve from a Mr. Forman. There's an inscription, "To Donna..."

 Jeweler: You're a lucky woman, Donna. [...]

Kitty: Oh my goodness. This is from Eric to--

[She looks at Hyde in complete horror]

  • Red Dwarf does this in the episode "Out Of Time". The cast are going through unreality pockets, making them believe different things. One makes them believe Lister is actually a droid. A droid less advanced than Kryten, and therefore lower ranking. Kryten takes advantage of this to give him humiliating orders. Then comes this exchange:

 Rimmer: So we just crashed through an unreality pocket?

Kryten: Which created a false reality making us believe... Mr... Lister was... oh my. (cue awkward silence for a few seconds)

Cat: You mean he's not a...

Kryten: No.

  • In The Blind Banker episode of Sherlock, the eponymous character is looking through an apartment and talking to John (well, sort of- John's left grumbling outside the door, can't hear a thing and might as well not be there).

 John: You think maybe you could let me in this time? Oh for heaven's sake. Can you not keep doing this, please?

Sherlock: I'm not the first.

John: What?

Sherlock: Someone else has been here. Someone broke into this flat. He knocked that vase, just like I did. Size 11. He was tall. But not heavy. Long, thin fingers. Our acrobat.

John: What are you saying?

Sherlock: Why didn't he close it when he left-? *Beat* Stupid. Stupid. It's obvious! Because he's still in here.

  • Stargate Atlantis: The Team is on another planet and has found a crashed Wraith ship. Sheppard wants to know if one of the Wraith could still be alive.

 Sheppard: I'm just thinking out loud here…

McKay: What?

Sheppard: How long do you think the Wraith could feed on all those humans back there?

McKay: Well, they're capable of hibernating for hundreds of years at a time, but, I mean, think about it. Ten thousand years ago was roughly the dawn of human civilization.

Sheppard: So there's no chance that uh—

McKay: No, no, no, no, no. Are you kidding? (beat) Well…maybe.

Sheppard:(annoyed) McKay.

McKay: No. No. No living thing could survive that long under those conditions. It's ridiculous.

Sheppard: Okay.

McKay: That would require an incredible power source capable of sustaining the stored humans in suspended animation almost the entire time.

Sheppard: So it's possible?

McKay:(horrified) Oh, my God. It is possible. We've got to get out of here.

  • A Variation occurs in Sister, Sister, where a college journalist interviews Tamera where she unflatteringly calls her adoptive father Ray a "bonehead" regarding a particular issue, believing that it was meant for the college paper. The next morning, Ray angrily confronts Tamera about this. She then states that it was an interview for a college paper, and that it wasn't like she was intending to take it to the local press, only for Ray to finish up the sentence for her in increased fury and unveil that, yep, her statement DID in fact make it to the local papers despite what the college journalist told her.



 I seen this one shit on the news a couple weeks ago that made me sick.

Some dude was drunk and drove his car over a bridge,

and had his girlfriend in the trunk, and she was pregnant with his kid,

and in the car they found a tape, but they didn't say who it was to.

Come to think about, his name was... it was you.




  • Deianira has shades of this in The Trachiniae as she talks to the chorus about the "strange sight" that is the bubbling, disintegrating piece of cloth she used to smear a love potion onto a shirt she just gave her husband.


  • Starcraft: "It's a zergling, Lester. A smaller type of zerg. But one of them wouldn't be out this far unless... OH SHIT!"
  • Star Control 2: The Slylandro purchase a probe from the Melnorme, which would explore the galaxy, replicate itself periodically, and report back once it finds something interesting. However, in the midst of an in-depth discussion of said probes with the player, they realize that, due to an attempt to get the probes to replicate faster (by changing the priority of replication to 999, the highest setting on the dial), they have inadvertently caused their probes to attempt to procure raw materials for replication from ANYTHING they encounter, with a special priority on alien ships. This has effectively transformed their peaceful exploration fleet into a Horde of Alien Locusts.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, you can meet an Outlaw Couple who think that an antique machine gun makes them dangerous enough to go on a crime spree through the Strip. If the Courier sarcastically says it's the most brilliant plan he/she has ever heard, the Bonny of the duo starts gloating about how they've got it all worked out, gradually noticing all the holes in the plan until she realizes they have no idea what they're doing and hands the gun over to you.
  • In Psychonauts, after a training session gone awry in Sasha's mind, Raz asks him what would happen if one were to block off all of a mind's censor outlets, which needless to say he did because it was what he'd just done.

 Sasha: Well, there would be a buildup of censor energy within that would, ah, eventually... Run, Razputin. Very fast.

  • Mordin Solus' introduction and Establishing Character Moment in Mass Effect 2 begins with Mordin performing a Sherlock Scan on the newly-arrived Commander Shepard and his/her team, while verbalizing his inner monologue; assuming the player doesn't interrupt him, he determines that the characters aren't from the area, too well-armed to be refugees, too informally-dressed to be any of the local mercenaries, and that they aren't there to wipe out the Vorcha or to investigate The Plague's usefulness as a bioweapon. Eventually, he decides that they must be looking for someone important, someone with secrets... and then realizes that they're almost certainly looking for him.
    • It happens again a minute later when Shepard explains that he/she was sent by a privately-funded human group to recruit Mordin. Immediately, Mordin starts sorting through a long list of possible candidates for the aforementioned group. After disregarding the Alliance, the Spectres, the Terra Firma Party, he finally realizes (with some shock) that the most likely candidate is Cerberus, a terrorist group with human-supremacist leanings.
  • The Maverick Hunter base's female Reploid briefly undergoes this when Sigma launches the nukes at Abel City in The Day of Sigma OVA in Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X.

Pink-Haired Operator: Forty-six seconds to missile contact. (pauses with realization and horror regarding the target) They're heading for... Abel City!

  • Final Fantasy VI: Shortly after Kefka poisons Doma's water supply, Cyan Garamonde discovers the water looked odd, and deduces it's poison. The sentry (who is the only other survivor to the atrocity) is about to curse out the Empire for this trick, but then Cyan has a look of horror and realization about the king being in danger as a result, and tells him they have to warn the king. They're ultimately too late to warn the king, or for that matter to save Cyan's family.
  • A darker inversion of the trope occurs in Clock Tower 3, where Dick Hamilton arrives at the castle. He proceeds to rant about his murder of Alyssa's father as well as expressing horror at the possibility of having to kill his own granddaughter, Alyssa as part of the Engagement ceremony to become an entity. However, after saying this, he actually expresses joy after thinking through these words due to it essentially meaning they'd be together forever (Dick had a barely concealed pedophilic and incestuous interest in her).


Web Original

  • In Dragon Ball Abridged, when Vegeta is shot through the chest by Freeza, he has the breath to tell Goku -- Goku, who's substantially dumber in this version than he sometimes could be in the original, and who Vegeta has if anything a stronger hatred for -- that it's now all up to him to avenge the Saiyan race, as he is the last remaining Saiyan... and his eyes widen as, with his last breath, it sinks in that he just that Goku is ("Oh my god, you're") the last remaining Saiyan.

Western Animation

  • In the Pinky and The Brain episode "Brinky," Pinky's genetic material accidentally gets introduced into Brain's cloning experiment, essentially resulting in their having a child together.

 Pinky: I'm a mommy, I'm a mommy!

Brain: Pinky, that's absurd! You are nothing of the kind. Its chromosomal makeup just happens to include both of our genetic building blo... AAAH! ...Oh my Lord, you are its mommy.

  • Futurama, "A Clone Of My Own", with Prof. Farnsworth's clone, Cubert:

 Fry: Nothing is impossible! You'd know that if you really took after the professor, like I do.

Cubert: You're his uncle, dummy. He takes after you.

Fry: Uh, wha?

Cubert: Wait a minute. That means I also take after you! AAAH!

  • Similar to the Futurama example, one scene from The Simpsons has Homer asking why he's such a loser. Bart replies, "Your father was a loser, and his father, and his father - it's genetic, man!" (Beat) "D'oh!"
    • Plus, in "I'm Going To Praiseland", Ned finds out that the citizens that were having "visions" were actually the effects of a gas leak in his Christian amusement park. Homer tells Ned to ignore it because his park spreads a positive message of equality. Then comes this...

 Homer: Rich laughing with poor, bullies breaking bread with nerds, orphans lighting candles over a leaking gas line. LIGHTING CANDLES???

      • A variation of this trope was also used earlier in the same episode, regarding the actual discovery of the gas leak and the effects in the first place. Specifically, Homer is having trouble starting the grill for his food stand despite it being at full blast, with Bart suggesting he poke his head into the grill to investigate, with Lisa warning Homer that it actually might be a gas leak in a loud enough volume that Ned hears it and immediately realizes what might actually be happening, ultimately confirming his suspicions after feeling the ground for any apparent gas leaks.
    • A more subdued version of the trope exists in the episode "Bart the Fink". When Bart heads over to the bank and demands that they get Krusty to sign the back of a check instead of stamping it (as he wanted Krusty's autograph), the teller refuses because it is legal to give a stamp in the event that they can't be bothered to write it down, only to trail off when realizing the check had a stamp indicating the Cayman Islands and giving a suspicious grumble before excusing himself to make a telephone call. It turns out Krusty was a massive tax cheat and Bart inadvertently exposed him as such.

Bart: Krusty was supposed to sign this. Take it back and make him sign it.
Bank Teller: Uh, no, no. Stamping the back of a check is perfectly legal, little boy. Many people do it to save time. You see, in this case, instead of writing out his name Krusty has stamped the name of his Cayman Islands Holding Corporation on the- (suddenly has a suspicious reaction to the check) Hmm. Uh, excuse me a minute.

      • The same episode has an "Explain, Explain, Oh Crap-cluster bomb" shortly afterward in the form of the guy actually helming the illegal account, where he denies a request to divulge information about "that customer's secret illegal account", only to gradually realize to his horror that he just did simply by stating those exact words.

Krusty's Cayman Islands account manager: (chuckles) Oh, I'm sorry. I can't divulge information about that customer's secret, illegal account. (hangs up) Oh, crap. I shouldn't have said he was a customer. Oh, crap! I shouldn't have said it was a secret. Oh, crap! I certainly shouldn't have said it was illegal. It's too hot today.

    • In the climax to "Marge vs. the Monorail", Lyle Lanley is on a non-stop flight to Tahiti, only for the pilot to mention it is making a stop at a certain destination, resulting in this exchange:

PA: Our nonstop flight to Tahiti will be making a brief layover in North Haverbrook.
Lyle Lanley: North Haverbrook. Where have I heard that name before? Realizes Oh, no. Oh, no!

  • In the Kim Possible episode "Clean Slate", Dr. Drakken starts describing how he drove all the soldiers off a military train by activating an overload alarm... and then reveals/realizes that he caused an actual engine overload rather than a false alarm.
  • In one episode of Sonic Underground, Robotnik creates a potion that gives it's taker super-speed, which allows his minions Sleet and Dingo to catch Sonic. Later, Robotnik sees Sleet's feet expand to the point where he can't move.

 Robotnik: Must be a side-effect. What a waste of a good invention. I wonder if the same thing's happened to- Dingo's guarding Sonic!

  • In the Recess episode "The Dude", Mr. Dudikoff, an upcoming teacher who was particularly well-known from his exploits as a student at Third Street Elementary, paid a visit to the cafeteria, asked what the lunch menu was for that day, and the head cafeteria lady is explaining she's about to serve "Tuesday Surprise", only to recognize Dudikoff from his time as a student there in horror midway through her statement, and then tells them to dump the Tuesday Surprise and get another meal to replace it. In case anyone's wondering, Dudikoff did something back as a student that resulted in Tuesday Surprise menus (which were implied to be inedible) to be banned from being served.
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