#585 Figuring out the plot twist just before they reveal it

Because at that moment you go from a greasy slack-jawed popcorn-kernel-n-sweatpants covered couch potato to a fast-talking screenwriter with sharp eyes, a whizzing mind, and a backup second career.


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35 thoughts on “#585 Figuring out the plot twist just before they reveal it

  1. Gambler: “Wow, a casino where I’m winning? That car must have hit me, I must be in heaven!”

    (The slot machine he was playing on pays out again)

    Gambler: “…A casino where I’m winning? That’s boring. I must be…IN HELL!”

    Bearded Man: “You’re not in Heaven or Hell, you’re on an airplane!”

    (opens a curtain to reveal that they’re on an airplane. The Gambler sees a Gremlin tearing up the wing)

    Gambler: “There’s a gremlin on the wing! You gotta believe me!”

    Bearded Man: “Why should I believe you?! You’re Hitler!”

    (Pulls up the Mirror, the Gambler now looks like Hitler)

    Gambler: (Turns to Eva Braun sitting next to him) “Eva Braun, help me!”

    (Eva Braun pulls off her face to reveal she has a giant Fly Head)

    …Saw it coming. Awesome.

  2. I allow myself to be lulled into the fantasy – I’m also not quite bright enough to see any of the cul-de-sacs, detours and deviations, and I enjoy being surprised… at least in movies. I am flabbergasted enough in every day life.

    1. Well, that’s kinda the point of the post: you realize you’re just that leeettle bit more clever than they thought you were.

      And possibly than they are. :)

    2. I think it depends on whether the audience’s enjoyment of whatever medium it is (film, television, literature, etc.) hinges on the plot twist. I’m pretty good at predicting where the plot of a show is headed (such as Chuck), but the unfolding of the episode is enjoyable in its own right outside the twist — and I get gloating rights for having called what was going to happen, whether it was from viewing the preview of “Next week’s episode” or two seconds before it happens.


  3. I like when you’re able to figure out a plot twist like this only when it’s an example of a good plot twist. If it’s too easy to see coming, this is more suited to the 1000 Annoying Things list.

  4. i am totally into falling into movies and suspending your disbelief. I hate it when someone ruins a plot twist by telling you before, because I think it’s absolutely great that you grasp the plot twist only when they tell you, or even hours after the moving. makes the sensation all that more enjoyable!

    1. Law&Order is usually pretty easy. I can always figure out who the killer is pretty quickly, but figuring out WHY is what gets me. I’m go Goren.

  5. I think it is better when you are very sure you know the twist and then they throw in something out of left field and you are like “OMG!WHAT!?!”

  6. I love this! But I hate it when someone you are with figures it out and spills the beans to you, ruining it! My hubby did that when we saw “The Others,” and I have never forgiven him. But I did it to my friend when we went to “Dragonfly,” (I could not help it!), so I guess it was karma.

  7. As my friend and I sit next to each other on the couch watching a movie for the first time, I will text her 15-20 minutes into the movie with the plot twist. I don’t want to give it away, but I want her to know that I knew before it happened. 99% of the time, I’m right (or very close!). And I feel awesome!! =D

  8. A movie isn’t a puzzle to be figured out. You’ll enjoy it a lot more if you just think about and admire what’s happening on the screen and not try to figure out what’s going to happen next.

  9. I’m sorry, but I totally dislike that. Used to love it as a kid, but only with criminal flicks. Otherwise… If I get a totally unexpected finale (but not totally weird, cuckoo and bla), I love I didn’t catch it.

    Par example… The sixth sense. LOVED IT. Thank goodness someone didn’t spoil it before I saw the flick. :D

  10. The sad thing is how often this seems to happen lately. Either I’m getting better at sniffing out plot patterns or writers are getting less original.

    Pretty soon, a more appropriate awesome thing might be: “When you THINK you’ve figured out the plot twist and something completely original happens instead.”

  11. Or as I was taught by a friend, if you don’t like it, just re-write the end.

  12. Love it when that happens! It’s as if your the super slooth for 15 minutes before they unveil the end :)

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