Nellie Andreeva

Several eagle-eyed viewers today alerted us to a muted line on last night’s episode of the midseason ABC comedy Happy Endings. Just like Monday’s Chuck, which included a reference to the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden a day after his surprising killing, Happy Endings too had a bin Laden-related joke that was rendered outdated by his death. The joke was left in, but producers tried to mitigate the timing problem by muting the audio on the punchline. In the scene, Dave (Zachary Knighton) and his ex Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) talk about trying to trap a mouse on the loose. “It’s been like, four days, I can’t believe you haven’t caught this mouse yet,” Alex said. Replied Dave, “I know, he’s like my bin Laden. Jessica bin Laden, this super hot Arab girl I went to college with,” followed by a pause. What was the original line that was supposed to go there? “The one that got away.”

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