- Psych episode “Rob-a-Bye Baby”:
Burton Guster: Blimp rides!
Shawn Spencer: Shotgun.
Burton Guster: You can’t call shotgun on a blimp!
Shawn Spencer: You can call shotgun anywhere except a crowded movie theater.
It becomes somewhat of a running joke. In the episode “Earth, Wind and…Wait for It” Shawn attempts to call shotgun on a fire station pole. Also in the episode “Truer Lies” Shawn again tries to call shotgun – this time on a hot air balloon. Both instances also follow up with Gus’s “You can’t call shotgun on X, Shawn.”
Sarah Connor: Field trip.
John Connor: I call shotgun.
Cameron Phillips: I call 9 mm.
- Angel episode “The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco”:
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Yeah, remind me again how you ended up in the front seat.
Spike: Called shotgun, mate.
Wesley Wyndam-Pryce: Oh. I thought we were doing a weapons check.
Michael Kelso: Fine, Shotgun!
Steven Hyde: There’s only two of us, you moron!
Michael Scott calls shotgun, even though they’re taking Dwight to the hospital and he really should be in the front. Michael then explains the sanctity of the rule of shotgun and how it can’t be questioned.
Hank calls Shotgun during a ride-a-long, causing Karen, the actual policewoman, to ride in the back of the car. Later in the episode, Karen tries calling shotgun, but is told to grow up.
Joey and Chandler have traded apartments with Rachel and Monica, and they’re moving in. While carrying something into their new place…
Joey: I call Monica’s room!
Chandler: You can’t just call Monica’s room.
Immediately after chastising Ted for buying a new car, Barney calls shotgun for all eternity, which he and Robin then argue about. It comes up again later when he (unsuccessfully) tries to enforce it and he and Robin get back into the argument.(Remember Shotgun ends when the Deed is done!)
In the episode where Simon gets his car, the boys are going to Thorpe Park, and he picks up Will first. Will naturally sits on the front seat, and when they stop to pick up Jay, Simon and Will both get out of the car to greet him. When Will is about to get back to the front seat, Jay instantly calls shotgun. Will has not heard of shotgun before, and it is explained to him, after which Jay and Simon insist he should sit at the backseat. Cue one of Will’s usual “unwritten rule I have never about heard before or just don’t like” rants. In a later episode, Simon lets his own girlfriend sit in the backseat, in the uncomfortable space between Will and Jay, just because Neil called shotgun, and she does not manage to change his mind. While Simon is often the Only Sane Man, he certainly has a noticeable quirk in how he follows the shotgun rules like they are laws with capital punishment for breaking them.
Jared Franklin and Peter Bash are arrested for racing Lobsters. On the way to the Police Car:
Jared: You can’t say shotgun, we’re probably riding in the back anyway. To Police Officer: Hey, if we are not, can I have shotgun?