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* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': The Republic of Gilead strongly resembles Islamist Afghanistan and Iran in a number of features. Most notably in the status of woman, but even the method of hanging by crane, plus the bodies being publicly displayed, echoes Iranian practice. There is also the strong resemblance to Puritan forms of dress with the Handmaids, as Atwood was inspired by the theocracy they established. It takes place in Cambridge, MA, with bodies hanging from the Harvard Wall and a Catholic church at Harvard Square being demolished, appropriately for where the Puritans once ruled (even Harvard University was started by them).
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* ''Series/ChicagoJustice'': "Comma" has a character clearly based on Amanda Knox, who here has been acquitted of murdering a fellow student in Spain, not Italy, and returned home afterward. When another student is murdered during a game at her university she and some other students were playing, everyone initially assumes she's responsible too. It turns out that she's entirely innocent, however. Spain wants her extradited for another trial (allowable under Spanish laws when they have some new evidence), much like Knox and her boyfriend faces multiple appeals and retrials before at last being set free for good.
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* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation'': Auburn Calloway and the Air France hijackers both ultimately wanted to kamikaze their planes into buildings; Calloway targeted Fed-Ex's headquarters in Memphis while the Air France hijackers planned to gun for the Eiffel Tower. The parallels to a certain terrorist attack are not ignored.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** 2x06 has this exchange (note that Wesley is explaining a plot involving a women named Virginia, with whom he recently had sex, but Angel thinks he's referring to the state):
-->'''Angel''': When were you in Virginia?\\
'''Wesley''': That's not the point.
** In "2x17", "Disharmony", Harmony tries to explain to Cordelia that she's a vampire. Instead it sounds like she's coming out as a lesbian and expressing a crush on Cordelia.
** In the episode "The Vision-Thing" Wesley mentions a Chinese herbal shop called Wang Ho Dong, getting a long look from Gunn.
** In "Spin the Bottle", amnesiac Fred thinks she may have been abducted by aliens, and [[CovertPervert rambles about how they must have done terrible things to her naked, helpless body]]. In response [[SomethingElseAlsoRises Wesley's wrist-blade pops out spontaneously]].
* "The Tale Of The Renegade Virus" on ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' features a virus with a serial port connector for a hand that tries to plug it into Simon's serial port in his hand. He's laughing all the while and Simons is screaming BigNo. The scene is uncomfortably reminiscent of AttemptedRape.



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Littlefinger's monologue in "You Win Or You Die" is straight-up instructions to his whores on the surface, but doubles as a description of his FalseFriend relationship with Ned.
--> '''Littlefinger:''' "They know what you are. They know it's all just an act. Your job is to make them forget what they know, and that takes time. You need to ease into it [...] He knows he's better than other men; he's always known it, deep down inside. Now he has proof. He's so good he's reaching something deep inside of you that no one even knew was there, overcoming your very nature..."
** The Hound's captors "accidentally" smack his head on the wagon they are loading him into.
** A once powerful figure who resents a loss of importance and influence to ambitious upstarts manipulates a mass of zealots into becoming a private army of enforcers. These zealots upend society and throw aside the usual political intrigue in favor of brute force on behalf of their patron, but become increasingly difficult to control. The above could be describing Cersei and the Faith Militant in Season 5 or China in the 1960s.
* ''Series/StarkRavingMad'':
** In "Therapy," there is a comparison between Ian and Henry's relationship and that of a [[MistakenForGay troubled couple]], a [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] idea that Jake is Ian/Henry's son, and a comparison between therapy and cheating.
-->'''Tess:''' Did you do exercises?
-->'''Henry:''' ''(beat)'' No.
** Later...
--> '''Henry:''' We were just doing research, and the next thing I knew... it just happened! I'm sorry.
* In an episode of ''{{Series/Workaholics}}'', the guys switch drug dealers, and when their usual dealer Karl finds them smoking weed that isn't his, the conversation plays out like a confession of cheating. "It was just one time. It didn't mean anything."
* ''[[Series/That70sShow That 70's Show]]'' does this many times, but one particularly noteworthy example is in "Hyde Quits the Circle." In said episode, the eponymous Hyde stops smoking weed and becomes an energetic health nut. It culminates in an intervention (in which the [[PlayedStraight characters are]] [[SeriousBusiness dead serious]]) including such lines as, "You have a problem with drugs," and "I see now that I've been using sobriety as a crutch."
* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' lives and breathes this trope in the most {{anvilicious}} of ways, though some of these allusions [[MisaimedFandom went undetected by the most of the fans at the time (kids)]].
** Robbie doing a solo mate dance and dancing uncontrollably around a girl he likes = erections and masturbation
** Charlene's growing tail = Breasts
** The "Nut to War" episode = The Gulf War
** Robbie using theroids = Steroids
** Vegetarianism = a family dealing with someone who's either a drug addict, a homosexual, or is part of a fringe religious or political group that goes against what the family raised the child to believe.
** Blue-skinned mammals = black people
** Potato-ism = Religion
** The happy plant = Marijuana
* ''Series/ICarly'':
** Carly meeting Nevel for the first time is oddly reminiscent of meeting an Internet pedophile. Obviously it's toned down for kids.
** In "iQuit iCarly", the scene with the three main characters at school after Carly announces the show's cancellation resembles a conversation between a kid and his divorced parents.
** In "iBeat The Heat" Freddie tries to lift Carly onto the kitchen bench. He fails, and ends up making it look like he's having (clothed, obviously) sex with her.
** Mrs. Benson interrupting their webshow holding a bag which looks identical to a bag of weed and asking Freddie what it was. It turns out to be the asparagus that Freddie didn't eat for dinner, but it's obvious what it was meant to resemble.
** When Carly stopped dating the [[GirlOfTheWeek Guy Of The Week]] in "iQ", Sam gives Carly the huge fork which she took from the Shays at the beginning of the episode. When Carly asks Sam why is she giving up her beloved fork, Sam pulls out a huge fork. Carly replies " That is comically big". Which reminds some of us of what one woman might give her now-lonely girl friend to compensate for not having a boyfriend any more.
** In "iMust have Locker 239", Spencer gets incensed that Carly is taking art classes at the local community center instead of from him, and the situation is treated like someone is an affair.
* After many of his jokes on ''Series/TheLateLateShow'', Craig Ferguson will say "Remind you of anyone?"

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Littlefinger's monologue in "You Win Or You Die" is straight-up instructions to his whores on the surface, but doubles as a description of his FalseFriend relationship
Two torture sessions with Ned.
--> '''Littlefinger:''' "They know what
a water theme or metaphor. A tiny nation invaded by a vast empire for uncertain reasons fights back with suicide bombers. And oh yeah, a surprise attack on an unsuspecting country that changes their entire political and cultural outlook. Watch ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' long enough and it will remind you are. of something in contemporary American politics.
* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' has another less than comedic example, wherein [[spoiler: Tully]]'s interactions with [[spoiler: George]] near the end of [[spoiler: Series 1, Episode 2]] has the feel of a rape scene. The fact that [[spoiler: Tully]] had sexually assaulted [[spoiler: Annie]] earlier that episode did ''not'' help.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** One episode ends with a breakup between Leonard and a physicist he was dating.
They know had already begun discussing having kids and everything, only it turns out that the breaking point was that one of them believes in String Theory and the other in Loop Quantum Gravity, both different theories that attempt to solve the major modern problems in physics. To him, it doesn't seem like such a big deal, but to her, it was "How would we raise the children?!" The entire scene was played as of a strong religious disjoint between the couple that could not be reconciled. This parodies many real physicists' attitudes regarding String Theory -- which makes absolutely no testable predictions and is so mathematically complex and diverse that it takes decades to be able to contribute -- and any competitors.
** One episode involves an "intervention", staged to convince Sheldon that he needs to learn to drive. His not driving causes him major problems and
it's all just an act. Your job is to make them forget what they know, and that takes time. You need to ease into it [...] He knows he's better than other men; he's always known it, deep down inside. Now he has proof. He's so good he's reaching something deep inside treated as addiction or lack of you that no one even knew was there, overcoming your very nature..."
** The Hound's captors "accidentally" smack his head on the wagon they are loading him into.
** A once powerful figure who resents a loss of importance and influence to ambitious upstarts manipulates a mass of zealots into becoming a private army of enforcers. These zealots upend society and throw aside the usual political intrigue in favor of brute force on behalf of their patron, but become increasingly difficult to control. The above could be describing Cersei and the Faith Militant in Season 5 or China in the 1960s.
* ''Series/StarkRavingMad'':
struggle.
** In "Therapy," there is a comparison between Ian most episodes where Leonard and Henry's relationship and that of a [[MistakenForGay troubled couple]], a [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] idea that Jake Penny fight, Sheldon is Ian/Henry's son, and a comparison between therapy and cheating.
-->'''Tess:''' Did you do exercises?
-->'''Henry:''' ''(beat)'' No.
** Later...
--> '''Henry:''' We were just doing research, and the next thing I knew... it just happened! I'm sorry.
* In an episode of ''{{Series/Workaholics}}'', the guys switch drug dealers, and when their usual dealer Karl finds them smoking weed that isn't his, the conversation plays out
often portrayed like a confession of cheating. "It was just one time. It didn't mean anything."
* ''[[Series/That70sShow That 70's Show]]'' does this many times, but one particularly noteworthy example is in "Hyde Quits the Circle." In said episode, the eponymous Hyde stops smoking weed and becomes an energetic health nut. It culminates in an intervention (in which the [[PlayedStraight characters are]] [[SeriousBusiness dead serious]]) including such lines as, "You have a problem with drugs," and "I see now that I've been using sobriety as a crutch."
* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' lives and breathes this trope in the most {{anvilicious}} of ways, though some of these allusions [[MisaimedFandom went undetected by the most of the fans at the time (kids)]].
** Robbie doing a solo mate dance and dancing uncontrollably around a girl he likes = erections and masturbation
** Charlene's growing tail = Breasts
** The "Nut to War" episode = The Gulf War
** Robbie using theroids = Steroids
** Vegetarianism = a family dealing with someone who's either a drug addict, a homosexual, or is part of a fringe religious or political group that goes against what the family raised
the child of a dysfunctional family, with the previous two fulfilling the roles of argumentative parents.
** Many interactions between Raj and Howard, and especially fights, are portrayed as typical ones found between couples. And Raj and Stuart's interactions are starting
to believe.
take on similar tones, although Stuart seems more aware of it than Howard has in the past.
** Blue-skinned mammals = black people
** Potato-ism = Religion
** The happy plant = Marijuana
* ''Series/ICarly'':
** Carly meeting Nevel
When Leslie Winkle tried to seduce Leonard for the first time is oddly reminiscent of meeting an Internet pedophile. Obviously it's toned down for kids.
** In "iQuit iCarly", the scene with the three main characters at school after Carly announces the show's cancellation resembles a conversation between a kid and his divorced parents.
** In "iBeat The Heat" Freddie tries to lift Carly onto the kitchen bench. He fails, and ends up making it look like he's having (clothed, obviously) sex with her.
** Mrs. Benson interrupting their webshow holding a bag which looks identical to a bag of weed and
time, she pulled on him {{invoked}} ElegantClassicalMusician, blatantly asking Freddie what it was. It turns out to be whether clutching the asparagus that Freddie didn't eat for dinner, but it's obvious what it was meant to resemble.
strings does not remind him of anything.
** When Carly stopped dating the [[GirlOfTheWeek Guy Of The Week]] in "iQ", Sam Sheldon briefly gives Carly up on string theory to pursue other areas of physics, the huge fork which she took from the Shays at the beginning of the episode. When Carly asks Sam why is she giving up her beloved fork, Sam pulls out a huge fork. Carly replies " That is comically big". Which reminds some of us of what one woman might give her now-lonely girl friend to compensate for not having a boyfriend any more.
** In "iMust have Locker 239", Spencer gets incensed that Carly is taking art classes at the local community center instead of from him, and the situation
whole scenario is treated like someone is an affair.
*
a romantic break-up and subsequent rebound. After many a drunken night, he wakes up naked and ashamed, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny cradling a geology textbook.]]
--> '''Leonard:''' I heard you reading pretty loudly last night.
* ''Series/BlackBooks'':
** Bernard and Manny have a falling out, and Manny goes to work at the bookshop next door. This is treated by both parties as if it were the break-up
of a romantic relationship, with Bernard in particular reacting as if Manny had been unfaithful to him ("Go to him! Go to your fancy man! I don't need you anymore!").
** A first season episode where Manny gets fed up with Bernard's abuse and moves out. Fran and Bernard react like parents to a child running away from home, each blaming the other--Bernard accusing Fran of spoiling him and Fran accusing Bernard of driving him away by being mean to him. Then they go to the police to report him missing, who assume he's their son--right up until they start describing
his jokes appearance and they mention his goatee:
--->'''Police Officer:''' Just how old is your son?
* ''Series/BostonLegal'' has played with the [[HoYay relationship]] between Alan Shore (James Spader) and Denny Crane (Creator/WilliamShatner), making them seem like lovers even though both are [[CasanovaWannabe heterosexual skirt-chasers]]. They end each episode
on ''Series/TheLateLateShow'', Craig Ferguson will say "Remind you a balcony, discussing life. In one episode, Alan brought an old friend out to the balcony to hold a conversation, but when Denny saw them there, he left in a huff, and later accused Alan of anyone?"infidelity; they discussed that fidelity isn't restricted to romantic relationships alone. Alan said he didn't want to lose Denny, promised never to let anyone else get in the way of their friendship, and called Denny high-maintenance. They have "sleepovers" on a regular basis. In one episode Denny was experiencing erectile problems and had an alarm on his crotch whenever he would get an erection... and when Alan proposed one of these "sleepovers" said alarm went off. The finale [[spoiler:has them get married.]]
* In one episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', Eric discovering his mentor Mr. Feeny tutoring another student is played like Mr. Feeny is cheating on him:
-->'''Eric:''' He's a professional tutor! You mean nothing to him!
* The suntan lotion incident within the first five seconds of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_NWw3-MWUM this promo]] for ''Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventures.''



* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** 2x06 has this exchange (note that Wesley is explaining a plot involving a women named Virginia, with whom he recently had sex, but Angel thinks he's referring to the state):
-->'''Angel''': When were you in Virginia?\\
'''Wesley''': That's not the point.
** In "2x17", "Disharmony", Harmony tries to explain to Cordelia that she's a vampire. Instead it sounds like she's coming out as a lesbian and expressing a crush on Cordelia.
** In the episode "The Vision-Thing" Wesley mentions a Chinese herbal shop called Wang Ho Dong, getting a long look from Gunn.
** In "Spin the Bottle", amnesiac Fred thinks she may have been abducted by aliens, and [[CovertPervert rambles about how they must have done terrible things to her naked, helpless body]]. In response [[SomethingElseAlsoRises Wesley's wrist-blade pops out spontaneously]].
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' While Alaric is training Elena on how to kill a vampire after she is attacked and almost killed by a compelled Stefan, he mentions that her reason for this is because "Stefan hurt you, and you don't ever want that to happen again". This as well as a few other mentions of vampires "taking what they want without regard to anyone else" and "finding a reason to get out of bed in the morning" seems to compare his actions more to rape than a bite.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'':
** In ''Dollhouse'', Justin and Alex fight again. Then, she suddenly jumps, laughs like a little kid and hugs him tightly. The conversation goes like this:
-->'''Alex:''' There you go, there's the fight I was looking for! ''(pause)'' Now you feel better? ''(she hugs him)''\\
'''Justin:''' ''(annoyed)'' Hm... Fine. ''(he tightens the hug)''\\
'''Alex:''' Ow... Justin... ''[[InnocentInnuendo You're hurting me]]''.\\
'''Justin:''' Hmmm... Yeah... ''(he releases her)'' [[DoubleEntendre I do feel better now, thank you.]]
** And she ''smiles'' after that.
** Alex's painting that resembled the symbol of anarchism in "Paint by Committee", Justin playing with his wand under the sheets in TheMovie, Alex asking Justin to give her his wand and many more.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** Jerry's relationship with Keith Hernandez resembles a [[HoYay romantic relationship]], in which helping him move is treated as "going all the way."
** In another episode, Jerry makes a snide remark about dentists which gets him labeled an "anti-dentite". ("Next thing you know you're saying they should have their own schools!" "They ''do'' have their own schools!")
*** Later subverted in the same episode, When Jerry jokes with the Girl of the Week about dentists only to discover her non-metaphorical prejudice:
---->'''[=GotW=]:''' Hey, what do you call a doctor who fails out of med school?\\
'''Jerry:''' What?\\
'''[=GotW=]:''' A dentist. ''(they laugh)''\\
'''Jerry:''' That's a good one. Dentists.\\
'''[=GotW=]:''' Yeah, who needs 'em? Not to mention the Blacks and the Jews.
** Jerry leaving his barber for his more talented relative is portrayed as an infidelity of operatic proportions, complete with several music cues from ''TheBarberOfSeville''.
** Another episode had portrayed Kramer and Jerry as a married couple, when Kramer got a job, specifically portraying Kramer as the workaholic husband and Jerry as the neglected wife.
** Even in one of the first series, a scene in which Jerry tried to stop seeing an annoying friend is played like a relationship break-up, with Jerry resorting to saying 'it's not you, it's me'
** An episode where Kramer's shower breaks forces him to not bathe for days. His constant scratching and his desperate need for a new shower head makes him look and sound like a junkie. His dilemma makes Elaine's situation at work (she is mistaken for a drug addict) a lot worse.
** And, of course, the episode in which the facial/speech aftereffects of dental surgery result in Kramer being mistaken for a mentally-challenged person.
** One episode has Elaine dating a man she really likes, only to be disappointed when she finds out he has pro-life views. [[TwoLinesNoWaiting In the same episode]], Kramer teams up with Italian restaurant owner Poppy to open a pizzeria where customers make their pizza themselves, and the two have the following argument over pizza toppings:
--->'''Poppy:''' No no no, you can't-a put-a cucumbers on a pizza.\\
'''Kramer:''' Well, why not? I like cucumbers.\\
'''Poppy:''' That's-a not a pizza. It'll taste-a terrible.\\
'''Kramer:''' Yeah, but that's the idea. You make your own pie.\\
'''Poppy:''' Yes, but we cannot-a give-a the people the right to choose ''any'' topping they ''want''! Now, on this issue there can-a be ''no'' debate!\\
'''Kramer:''' What gives you the right to tell me how I would make my pie?!\\
'''Poppy:''' Because it's a ''pizza''!\\
'''Kramer:''' It's not a pizza until it comes out of the oven!\\
'''Poppy:''' It's a pizza the moment you put-a you' fists in the dough!\\
'''Kramer:''' No, it isn't!\\
'''Poppy:''' Yes it is!
* In ''Series/JustShootMe'', Dennis replaces Ally as Jack's bridge partner; the plot is played out as an infidelity.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** An episode strangely did one where an ice skater revealing to his wife [[spoiler:Phoebe]] that he was straight had almost the same dialogue as it would if he were revealing he was gay ("Have you told your parents?" "No, but they're pretty cool. My brother's straight"); it was a CitizenshipMarriage and she had known him to be gay. ''Friends'' also did this a lot with Joey and Chandler acting like a married couple including arguments about Chandler's ex-roommate Kip and buying furniture together....
** And an episode where Rachel discovers Monica has been shopping with Ross's new girlfriend, and it's treated like infidelity.
** An episode where Phoebe and her current boyfriend were infected with chicken pox. They couldn't resist scratching themselves, so they had oven mitts duct-taped on to their arms. Eventually, the itching became too severe for them to resist, Phoebe started saying how good it would feel to give in and her boyfriend was saying "We can't, we'd regret it!", and eventually he succumbed to temptation along with her in a clear parallel to a highly turned-on couple trying to resist the urge to have sex. And when they finally do, they end up rubbing their backs against each other, complete with groaning, until Ross and Rachel walk in and gasp in horror, with Ross saying "I expected this from you Phoebe, but you're a military man!" to the boyfriend.
** An episode has Ross and Joey accidentally taking a nap together. It's treated like a night of drunken experimentation.
--->'''Joey:''' I wanna do it again!\\
'''Ross:''' We can't do it again!\\
'''Joey:''' Why not!?\\
'''Ross:''' Because it's '''weird'''!
** Monica redeveloping an addiction to [[GRatedDrug cookies.]]
** Rachel and Chandler stealing cheesecakes, played off as having to commit multiple cover up murders to cover up their original crime.
** Chandler and Joey arguing about the care of their new "baby" chick.
** Joey's kidney stones needing to [[ScreamingBirth be peed out]].

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** 2x06 has this exchange (note that Wesley is explaining a plot involving a women named Virginia, with whom he recently had sex, but Angel thinks he's referring to the state):
-->'''Angel''': When were you in Virginia?\\
'''Wesley''': That's not the point.
** In "2x17", "Disharmony", Harmony tries to explain to Cordelia that she's a vampire. Instead it sounds like she's coming out as a lesbian and expressing a crush on Cordelia.
** In the episode "The Vision-Thing" Wesley mentions a Chinese herbal shop called Wang Ho Dong, getting a long look from Gunn.
** In "Spin the Bottle", amnesiac Fred thinks she may have been abducted by aliens, and [[CovertPervert rambles about how they must have done terrible things to her naked, helpless body]]. In response [[SomethingElseAlsoRises Wesley's wrist-blade pops out spontaneously]].
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' While Alaric is training Elena on how to kill a vampire after she is attacked and almost killed by a compelled Stefan, he mentions that her reason for this is because "Stefan hurt you, and you don't ever want that to happen again". This as well as a few other mentions of vampires "taking what they want without regard to anyone else" and "finding a reason to get out of bed in the morning" seems to compare his actions more to rape than a bite.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'':
** In ''Dollhouse'', Justin and Alex fight again. Then, she suddenly jumps, laughs like a little kid and hugs him tightly.
''Chuck vs. The conversation goes like this:
-->'''Alex:''' There you go, there's the fight I was looking for! ''(pause)'' Now you feel better? ''(she hugs him)''\\
'''Justin:''' ''(annoyed)'' Hm... Fine. ''(he tightens the hug)''\\
'''Alex:''' Ow... Justin... ''[[InnocentInnuendo You're hurting me]]''.\\
'''Justin:''' Hmmm... Yeah... ''(he releases her)'' [[DoubleEntendre I do feel better now, thank you.]]
** And she ''smiles'' after that.
** Alex's painting that resembled the symbol of anarchism in "Paint by Committee", Justin playing with his wand under the sheets in TheMovie, Alex asking Justin to give her his wand and many more.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** Jerry's relationship with Keith Hernandez resembles a [[HoYay romantic relationship]], in which helping him move is treated as "going all the way."
** In another episode, Jerry makes a snide remark about dentists which gets him labeled an "anti-dentite". ("Next thing you know you're saying they should have their own schools!" "They ''do'' have their own schools!")
*** Later subverted in the same episode, When Jerry jokes with the Girl of the Week about dentists only to discover her non-metaphorical prejudice:
---->'''[=GotW=]:''' Hey, what do you call a doctor who fails out of med school?\\
'''Jerry:''' What?\\
'''[=GotW=]:''' A dentist. ''(they laugh)''\\
'''Jerry:''' That's a good one. Dentists.\\
'''[=GotW=]:''' Yeah, who needs 'em? Not to mention the Blacks and the Jews.
** Jerry leaving his barber for his more talented relative is portrayed as an infidelity of operatic proportions, complete with several music cues from ''TheBarberOfSeville''.
** Another episode had portrayed Kramer and Jerry as a married couple, when Kramer got a job, specifically portraying Kramer as the workaholic husband and Jerry as the neglected wife.
** Even in one of the first series, a scene in which Jerry tried to stop seeing an annoying friend is played like a relationship break-up, with Jerry resorting to saying 'it's not you, it's me'
** An episode where Kramer's shower breaks forces him to not bathe for days. His constant scratching and his desperate need for a new shower head makes him look and sound like a junkie. His dilemma makes Elaine's situation at work (she is mistaken for a drug addict) a lot worse.
** And, of course, the episode in which the facial/speech aftereffects of dental surgery result in Kramer being mistaken for a mentally-challenged person.
** One episode has Elaine dating a man she really likes, only to be disappointed when she finds out he has pro-life views. [[TwoLinesNoWaiting In the same episode]], Kramer teams up with Italian restaurant owner Poppy to open a pizzeria where customers make their pizza themselves, and the two have the following argument over pizza toppings:
--->'''Poppy:''' No no no, you can't-a put-a cucumbers on a pizza.\\
'''Kramer:''' Well, why not? I like cucumbers.\\
'''Poppy:''' That's-a not a pizza. It'll taste-a terrible.\\
'''Kramer:''' Yeah, but that's the idea. You make your own pie.\\
'''Poppy:''' Yes, but we cannot-a give-a the people the right to choose ''any'' topping they ''want''! Now, on this issue there can-a be ''no'' debate!\\
'''Kramer:''' What gives you the right to tell me how I would make my pie?!\\
'''Poppy:''' Because it's a ''pizza''!\\
'''Kramer:''' It's not a pizza until it comes out of the oven!\\
'''Poppy:''' It's a pizza the moment you put-a you' fists in the dough!\\
'''Kramer:''' No, it isn't!\\
'''Poppy:''' Yes it is!
* In ''Series/JustShootMe'', Dennis replaces Ally as Jack's bridge partner; the plot is played out as an infidelity.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** An episode strangely did one where an ice skater revealing to his wife [[spoiler:Phoebe]] that he was straight had almost the same dialogue as it would if he were revealing he was gay ("Have you told your parents?" "No, but they're pretty cool. My brother's straight"); it was a CitizenshipMarriage and she had known him to be gay. ''Friends'' also did this a lot with Joey and Chandler acting like a married couple including arguments about Chandler's ex-roommate Kip and buying furniture together....
** And an episode where Rachel discovers Monica has been shopping with Ross's new girlfriend, and it's treated like infidelity.
** An episode where Phoebe and her current boyfriend were infected with chicken pox. They couldn't resist scratching themselves, so they had oven mitts duct-taped on to their arms. Eventually, the itching became too severe for them to resist, Phoebe started saying how good it would feel to give in and her boyfriend was saying "We can't, we'd regret it!", and eventually he succumbed to temptation along with her in a clear parallel to a highly turned-on couple trying to resist the urge to have sex. And when they finally do, they end up rubbing their backs against each other, complete with groaning, until Ross and Rachel walk in and gasp in horror, with Ross saying "I expected this from you Phoebe, but you're a military man!" to the boyfriend.
** An episode has Ross and Joey
Fat Lady''. Chuck accidentally taking a nap together. It's treated gets stuck trying to go through an air vent. During this part, his iPhone accidentally turns on... and speed dials his ex. To her, it sounds more like Chuck is doing... that. It doesn't help that Chuck and Sarah are undercover as a night business man and a hooker getting it on in a hotel, so the first thing the ex hears is something along the lines of drunken experimentation.
--->'''Joey:''' I wanna
"So long do it again!\\
'''Ross:''' We
you think it'll take for us to have sex?" "I don't know, maybe an hour or so." Followed by a bunch of stuff like "Move your hips forward" and "Bend the other way" when he gets stuck in the vents.
** "Chuck vs. Phase 3" begins with him dreaming about Sarah getting turned off because he
can't do it again!\\
'''Joey:''' Why not!?\\
'''Ross:''' Because it's '''weird'''!
** Monica redeveloping an addiction to [[GRatedDrug cookies.]]
** Rachel and Chandler stealing cheesecakes, played off as having to commit multiple cover up murders to cover up their original crime.
** Chandler and Joey arguing about the care of their new "baby" chick.
** Joey's kidney stones needing to [[ScreamingBirth be peed out]].
flash. Lester lampshades it.
-->"You know, they make pills for what you have."



* An episode of ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' has Gordo falling into the "forbidden world" of [[TabletopRPG roleplaying games]], which are treated like drugs. In fairness, {{crack|IsCheaper}} ''[[CrackIsCheaper is]]'' [[CrackIsCheaper cheaper]]. (At least it's a step up from being portrayed as demonic or satanic.)
* ''Series/BostonLegal'' has played with the [[HoYay relationship]] between Alan Shore (James Spader) and Denny Crane (Creator/WilliamShatner), making them seem like lovers even though both are [[CasanovaWannabe heterosexual skirt-chasers]]. They end each episode on a balcony, discussing life. In one episode, Alan brought an old friend out to the balcony to hold a conversation, but when Denny saw them there, he left in a huff, and later accused Alan of infidelity; they discussed that fidelity isn't restricted to romantic relationships alone. Alan said he didn't want to lose Denny, promised never to let anyone else get in the way of their friendship, and called Denny high-maintenance. They have "sleepovers" on a regular basis. In one episode Denny was experiencing erectile problems and had an alarm on his crotch whenever he would get an erection... and when Alan proposed one of these "sleepovers" said alarm went off. The finale [[spoiler:has them get married.]]
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** Roz becomes a caviar junkie.
** In ''Motor Skills'' Roz got a puppy and Martin offered to give her some of Eddies old toys, and it took about forty seconds before the whole thing disintegrates into an extended metaphor of a mother and a daughter disagreeing on how to raise the grand-child.
---> ''Damn it Martin! Just because I am not raising him your way doesn't mean that I am raising him the wrong way.''
* In the finale of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', the normally reserved butler Geoffrey is retiring from his position as the Banks family butler, and he seems just a little too excited about his employer's announcement that he's "officially off duty", with parallels to the freeing of a household slave. Geoffrey was always portrayed as resenting everything the family makes him put up with, and, more generally, American culture has always tended to feel that using a household servant comes uncomfortably close to using a slave. Also consider that Geoffrey is working for his citizenship, which Will and Carlton hid and denied him, the show alludes to not only slavery but indentured servants, who often worked for the right to live in the United States (one way to raise the funds needed for your passage was to agree to a period of indentured servitude in exchange).
* In ''Series/TheTick'' episode "Arthur, Interrupted", coming out as a superhero is described the same way as homosexuality, and later as a drug addiction. They even stage an intervention.
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
** One episode treated Dick's obsession with collecting a brand of plush animals curiously similar to Beanie Babies as a drinking addiction, culminating with an "intervention" from the other characters. Subverted at the end of the episode where Dick explains that he's given up on the collecting and taken up drinking instead.
** In another episode, Harry's insurance agent refuses to return his calls. Sally gives him some tips on how to "make a man call you". Eventually, he gets another agent, which plays out as OperationJealousy.
** In another episode, Sally encourages Harry to join her in playing with the time-space portal, saying "c'mon, let's do it -- you know you want to". They accidentally beam in another alien from the Home Planet and are forced to take care of him. Dick berates them, remarking "thirty seconds of pleasure and a whole lifetime of responsibility". The rest of this storyline involves Sally and Harry "parenting" the new alien, who quickly starts acting like a bratty child.
** Then there's the time when Dick, while rifling through Tommy's sock drawer, discovers plastic bags full of dried green plants and learns, to his shame and disgrace, that Tommy ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0zx_SDw-EM knows how to cook.]]''
--->'''Tommy:''' No, it's pot, I swear! I ... smoke it with my friends.
* ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' had an episode where the title characters decided that they needed "couple friends", i.e. other married couples to hang out with. They then went to the bookstore and tried to "pick up" other couples. After befriending a couple, Dharma found that couple with ''another'' couple and accused them of "cheating" on her and Greg.
** The same happens with Helen and Joe in ''Series/{{Wings}}''.
* A ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode had Liz stressing out over a co-op board failing to call her. This is played out as though it's about a date ignoring her. Eventually, she tells them "You know what, I've moved on. I bought a whole bunch of apartments! I bought a black apartment."

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* An episode of ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' has Gordo falling into In ''Series/CriminalMinds'', the "forbidden world" of [[TabletopRPG roleplaying games]], which are treated like drugs. In fairness, {{crack|IsCheaper}} ''[[CrackIsCheaper is]]'' [[CrackIsCheaper cheaper]]. (At least it's a step up from being portrayed as demonic or satanic.)
* ''Series/BostonLegal'' has played with the [[HoYay relationship]]
knife scene between Alan Shore (James Spader) The Reaper and Denny Crane (Creator/WilliamShatner), making them seem like lovers even though both are [[CasanovaWannabe heterosexual skirt-chasers]]. They end each episode on a balcony, discussing life. In one episode, Alan brought an old friend out to the balcony to hold a conversation, but when Denny saw them there, he left in a huff, and later accused Alan of infidelity; they discussed that fidelity isn't restricted to romantic relationships alone. Alan said he didn't want to lose Denny, promised never to let anyone else get in the way of their friendship, and called Denny high-maintenance. They Hotch. It might actually have "sleepovers" on a regular basis. In one episode Denny was experiencing erectile problems and had an alarm on his crotch whenever he would get an erection... and when Alan proposed one of these "sleepovers" said alarm went off. The finale [[spoiler:has them get married.]]
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** Roz becomes a caviar junkie.
** In ''Motor Skills'' Roz got a puppy and Martin offered to give her some of Eddies old toys, and it took about forty seconds before the whole thing disintegrates into an
extended metaphor to out-and-out rape. Either way, the dialogue is highly sexualized. The Reaper strips off his shirt, goes up ''very'' close to Hotch on top of a mother him, and a daughter disagreeing on how to raise the grand-child.
---> ''Damn it Martin! Just because I am not raising
slowly cuts him your way doesn't mean that I am raising him the wrong way.''
* In the finale of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', the normally reserved butler Geoffrey is retiring from his position as the Banks family butler, and
with a knife. Eventually, he seems just a little too excited about his employer's announcement tells Hotch that he's "officially off duty", with parallels horribly wrong about how {{Serial Killer}}s who use knives are impotent, and is going to change the freeing of a household slave. Geoffrey way Hotch profiles. Cue The Reaper slowly moving his hand further down on Hotch's body, and Hotch moaning in pain. At the very least, it was always portrayed pseudo-rape.
* [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=185177&title=daily/colbert-just-a-quickie This]] clip from ''Series/TheDailyShow'',
as resenting everything if there wasn't enough Jon/Stephen HoYay already.
* In ''Series/Deutschland83'', Alexander Edel makes a passionate rant at his father at how he is going to end up destroying Germany, finally calling him a Nazi. His body language, his shouting and
the family way his hair is makes him put up with, and, more generally, American culture has always tended to feel that using a household servant comes uncomfortably close to using a slave. Also consider that Geoffrey is working for his citizenship, which Will and Carlton hid and denied him, the show alludes to not only slavery but indentured servants, who often worked for the right to live in the United States (one way to raise the funds needed for your passage was to agree to a period of indentured servitude in exchange).
* In ''Series/TheTick'' episode "Arthur, Interrupted", coming out as a superhero is described the same way as homosexuality, and later as a drug addiction. They even stage an intervention.
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
** One episode treated Dick's obsession with collecting a brand of plush animals curiously similar to Beanie Babies as a drinking addiction, culminating with an "intervention" from the other characters. Subverted at the end of the episode where Dick explains that he's given up on the collecting and taken up drinking instead.
** In another episode, Harry's insurance agent refuses to return his calls. Sally gives him some tips on how to "make a man call you". Eventually, he gets another agent, which plays out as OperationJealousy.
** In another episode, Sally encourages Harry to join her in playing with the time-space portal, saying "c'mon, let's do it -- you know you want to". They accidentally beam in another alien from the Home Planet and are forced to take care of him. Dick berates them, remarking "thirty seconds of pleasure and a whole lifetime of responsibility". The rest of this storyline involves Sally and Harry "parenting" the new alien, who quickly starts acting
look like a bratty child.
** Then there's the time when Dick, while rifling through Tommy's sock drawer, discovers plastic bags full of dried green plants and learns, to his shame and disgrace, that Tommy ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0zx_SDw-EM knows how to cook.]]''
--->'''Tommy:''' No, it's pot, I swear! I ... smoke it with my friends.
* ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' had an episode where the title characters decided that they needed "couple friends", i.e. other married couples to hang out with. They then went to the bookstore and tried to "pick up" other couples. After befriending a couple, Dharma found that couple with ''another'' couple and accused them of "cheating" on her and Greg.
** The same happens with Helen and Joe in ''Series/{{Wings}}''.
* A ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode had Liz stressing out over a co-op board failing to call her. This is played out as though it's about a date ignoring her. Eventually, she tells them "You know what, I've moved on. I bought a whole bunch of apartments! I bought a black apartment."
UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler himself.



* On ''KeepingUpAppearances'', Daisy and Onslow recall their wedding night, when she finally told him she was a Liverpool supporter. It's set up as if she had revealed something far more scandalous: Onslow had to go for a walk to sort things out, and, he says, she's lucky he didn't divorce her.
* Nick Knight's vampiric dependency on blood is treated like alcoholism in ''Series/ForeverKnight''. It's said that he could even become human again like he wanted if he could just kick the habit. At one point, he even tries a 12-step program.
* ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'':
** Ellen's relationship with her auditor in the 3rd season is deliberately reminiscent of a therapist-client relationship. Up to:
-->'''Ellen:''' I think we're making real progress here. Maybe we could move to an hour-and-a-half session?
** Later in the season, we see Anna on the phone with someone. "What do you mean you have to play with it?... Well, when will you be able to get it up again?... Is there anything I can do to help?" She's talking to tech support about the theater festival's local area network.
* ''Series/BlackBooks'':
** Bernard and Manny have a falling out, and Manny goes to work at the bookshop next door. This is treated by both parties as if it were the break-up of a romantic relationship, with Bernard in particular reacting as if Manny had been unfaithful to him ("Go to him! Go to your fancy man! I don't need you anymore!").
** A first season episode where Manny gets fed up with Bernard's abuse and moves out. Fran and Bernard react like parents to a child running away from home, each blaming the other--Bernard accusing Fran of spoiling him and Fran accusing Bernard of driving him away by being mean to him. Then they go to the police to report him missing, who assume he's their son--right up until they start describing his appearance and they mention his goatee:
--->'''Police Officer:''' Just how old is your son?

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* On ''KeepingUpAppearances'', Daisy ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' had an episode where the title characters decided that they needed "couple friends", i.e. other married couples to hang out with. They then went to the bookstore and Onslow recall tried to "pick up" other couples. After befriending a couple, Dharma found that couple with ''another'' couple and accused them of "cheating" on her and Greg.
** The same happens with Helen and Joe in ''Series/{{Wings}}''.
* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' lives and breathes this trope in the most {{anvilicious}} of ways, though some of these allusions [[MisaimedFandom went undetected by the most of the fans at the time (kids)]].
** Robbie doing a solo mate dance and dancing uncontrollably around a girl he likes = erections and masturbation
** Charlene's growing tail = Breasts
** The "Nut to War" episode = The Gulf War
** Robbie using theroids = Steroids
** Vegetarianism = a family dealing with someone who's either a drug addict, a homosexual, or is part of a fringe religious or political group that goes against what the family raised the child to believe.
** Blue-skinned mammals = black people
** Potato-ism = Religion
** The happy plant = Marijuana
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** "The Krotons", which was made in the swingingest end of TheSixties, is about square authority figures who oppress groovy teenagers by giving them a forced education designed to close off
their wedding night, minds. The Doctor teaches the kids how to make acid [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs to free themselves]]. Of course, it's the dissolving kind of acid, and the authority figures are [[TinCanRobot literally square]]...
** "The Ambassadors of Death" has a scene of a probe docking to another probe, with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to an instrumental of [[TheImmodestOrgasm sexy song]] "Je T'aime (Moi Non Plus)" playing in the background. (Notably,
when she finally told the Doctor repeats the motion later in the story, he does it over radiophonic space ambiance.)
** Before Gallifrey was destroyed, the Time Lords had a secret organization operating outside their own non-interventionist laws to pursue their political ends. It was named the ''[[FunWithAcronyms Celestial Intervention Agency]]''.
** "Aliens of London" two-parter: When the fake Prime Minister tries to persuade the UN to give
him she was a Liverpool supporter. It's set up nuclear launch codes, he fibs about aliens poised to invade Earth, who have ''massive weapons of destruction'' capable of being launched within ''forty-five seconds''...
** The use of "dances" in "The Doctor Dances" is strange because it's used literally ''and''
as if she had revealed something far more scandalous: Onslow had an UnusualEuphemism, and sometimes both at the same time.
** Nearly '''every''' single scene involving the Doctor and the Master in the new series has undertones, overtones, and sidetones of BDSM. From their conversations ("Use my name." "''Master''."),
to go the Master keeping the Doctor in a kennel for a walk year, to sort things out, and, the Doctor intending to return the favor ("What, you're gonna just... keep me?"), to the confrontation in the junkyard that is right out of a HurtComfortFic, to the frakking ''bondage chair''... that [[Creator/RussellTDavies the writer of these episodes]] [[RunningTheAsylum openly ships them]] comes as no surprise to anyone.
*** The Doctor's jaw drops when
he says, she's lucky he sees the Master with a wife. And later refers to her as [[TheBeard his beard]].
*** While far less blatant, the Master is no stranger to BDSM in the original series either. HADRON web, anyone?
** One of the most obvious comes from "Turn Left", in which the UK government collapses and [[PuttingOnTheReich puts on the Reich]], including the internment of foreign nationals. When one of Donna's housemates and friends is interned, Donna is oblivious to the parallel. Wilfred isn't, and he's absolutely horrified by it.
** The sexual violence imagery in the end of "The Almost People" and throughout "A Good Man Goes To War", used to squeak what is basically a RapeAndRevenge plot onto family television. Amy is kidnapped, her legs spread apart, and forced to give painful birth to a child she
didn't divorce her.
* Nick Knight's vampiric dependency on blood is treated like alcoholism in ''Series/ForeverKnight''. It's said that he could
even become human again like he wanted if he could just kick the habit. At one point, he even tries a 12-step program.
* ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'':
** Ellen's relationship
realise she was pregnant with. When she attempts to recuperate with her auditor baby, it is revealed to be a ganger (an artificial body) when it explodes, leaving her sobbing in absolutely violated despair in night clothes with white goo on her hands and face.
* In an episode of ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'',
the 3rd season Ku Klux Klan is deliberately terrorizing TokenMinorityCouple Grace and Robert E. In one scene, a group of them surround Grace and hold her down while they cut her hair as she sobs hysterically. The scene is very reminiscent of a therapist-client relationship. Up to:
-->'''Ellen:''' I think we're making real progress here. Maybe we could move to an hour-and-a-half session?
** Later in
rape, especially when you remember that black women frequently suffered this ordeal at the season, we see Anna hands of white men during this period in time.
* In the coming-out episode of ''Series/{{Ellen}}'', the titular character is grappling with her feelings and basically tries to convince herself that she's straight by jumping
on the phone with someone. "What do you mean you have to play with it?... Well, cute guy she's been dating. The scene fades out as they fall onto the bed. But when will you be able to get it up again?... Is fades back in, they're lying there anything I can do to help?" She's talking to tech support about the theater festival's local area network.
* ''Series/BlackBooks'':
** Bernard and Manny have a falling out, and Manny goes to work at the bookshop next door. This is treated by both parties as if it were the break-up of a romantic relationship,
fully clothed, with Bernard in particular reacting as if Manny had been unfaithful to him ("Go to him! Go to your fancy man! a despondent Ellen saying, "I'm really sorry, I don't need you anymore!").
** A first season
know what went wrong, this has never happened to me before", etc., while the guy interjects with "Is it something I did?, It's okay, it's very common", etc. Basically a GenderFlip of the countless scenes of some guy not being able to perform while his disappointed partner tries to reassure him.
* In the ''Series/{{Eureka}}''
episode where Manny "If You Build It..." Fargo and his smart car Tabitha are LikeAnOldMarriedCouple. When Fargo sells her and gets fed up with Bernard's abuse and moves out. Fran and Bernard react like parents to a child running away from home, each blaming the other--Bernard accusing Fran of spoiling him and Fran accusing Bernard of driving him away by being mean to him. Then they go to the police to report him missing, who assume he's their son--right up until they start describing his appearance and they mention his goatee:
--->'''Police Officer:''' Just how old is your son?
cool new car, it's treated as a horrible break up.



* One episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' concerned Hal feeling out-of-place in a poker game because he was the only ''non-professional'' person there, and all the ''professional'' people were banding together and discriminating against him with their unique slang and culture. (They were also all [[spoiler:black]].) In a follow-up episode, Hal tried to get one of the other players to be more open and caring with his wife; this quickly turned into what looked like an argument between a married couple.
** In another episode, Lois catches Dewey spending time at "another mother's house" getting snacks and having his ears washed. The conversation sounds like that between a couple when one is caught cheating.
** A season six episode sees Malcolm buy a fixer-upper car that takes up all his time and money. He begins acting like an person in an unhappy or even abusive relationship, from buying "gifts" for the car (leather seat covers, a "car bra") to claiming the black eye he got working on the car was his fault ("That was my fault, I wasn't being careful enough!"). The meeting Reese calls to talk about the problem even plays out like an intervention for an alcoholic, complete with a guy from AA(A).
* Two torture sessions with a water theme or metaphor. A tiny nation invaded by a vast empire for uncertain reasons fights back with suicide bombers. And oh yeah, a surprise attack on an unsuspecting country that changes their entire political and cultural outlook. Watch ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' long enough and it will remind you of something in contemporary American politics.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'':
** There's so much subtext about vampire rights that some might find the not-so-subtle parallels a bit tiresome. "God Hates Fangs"? Even vampire puns are still bad puns.
** Every feeding is a very obvious allusion to sex, culminating in one very particular episode. Both Bill and Eric were burned and needed healing. Follow, a frame of Sookie sitting between them, with a very meaningful expression on her face, while each vampire is sucking at a different wrist of hers.
* [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=185177&title=daily/colbert-just-a-quickie This]] clip from ''Series/TheDailyShow'', as if there wasn't enough Jon/Stephen HoYay already.

to:

* One episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' concerned Hal feeling out-of-place in a poker game because he was In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', the only ''non-professional'' person there, Velocity drug is very addicting and all Eliza Harmon becomes hooked on it, consistently desperate for another fix.
** Barry is tempted to use Velocity to go faster and it's portrayed as a hard-working athlete who is on
the ''professional'' people were banding together and discriminating losing end against him his competitors who use performance enhancing drug.
* ''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'': In the season 2 finale, Bret and Jemaine are forced to move in
with their unique slang Mel and culture. (They were also all [[spoiler:black]].) In a follow-up episode, Hal tried to get one of the other players to be more open and caring with his wife; this quickly turned into what looked like an argument between a married couple.
** In another episode, Lois catches Dewey spending time at "another mother's house"
Doug after getting snacks evicted. And their new found dynamic is similar to that of a family. Mel gives them curfew. Bret and having his ears washed. The Jemaine sneak out at night for band/musical rehearsal. There's even a conversation sounds about Doug and Mel getting a divorce. Mel even tells Bret and Jemaine it isn't their fault, but Doug adds that it kind of is.
* Nick Knight's vampiric dependency on blood is treated
like alcoholism in ''Series/ForeverKnight''. It's said that between he could even become human again like he wanted if he could just kick the habit. At one point, he even tries a 12-step program.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** Roz becomes a caviar junkie.
** In ''Motor Skills'' Roz got a puppy and Martin offered to give her some of Eddies old toys, and it took about forty seconds before the whole thing disintegrates into an extended metaphor of a mother and a daughter disagreeing on how to raise the grand-child.
---> ''Damn it Martin! Just because I am not raising him your way doesn't mean that I am raising him the wrong way.''
* In the finale of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', the normally reserved butler Geoffrey is retiring from his position as the Banks family butler, and he seems just a little too excited about his employer's announcement that he's "officially off duty", with parallels to the freeing of a household slave. Geoffrey was always portrayed as resenting everything the family makes him put up with, and, more generally, American culture has always tended to feel that using a household servant comes uncomfortably close to using a slave. Also consider that Geoffrey is working for his citizenship, which Will and Carlton hid and denied him, the show alludes to not only slavery but indentured servants, who often worked for the right to live in the United States (one way to raise the funds needed for your passage was to agree to a period of indentured servitude in exchange).
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** An episode strangely did one where an ice skater revealing to his wife [[spoiler:Phoebe]] that he was straight had almost the same dialogue as it would if he were revealing he was gay ("Have you told your parents?" "No, but they're pretty cool. My brother's straight"); it was a CitizenshipMarriage and she had known him to be gay. ''Friends'' also did this a lot with Joey and Chandler acting like a married
couple including arguments about Chandler's ex-roommate Kip and buying furniture together....
** And an episode where Rachel discovers Monica has been shopping with Ross's new girlfriend, and it's treated like infidelity.
** An episode where Phoebe and her current boyfriend were infected with chicken pox. They couldn't resist scratching themselves, so they had oven mitts duct-taped on to their arms. Eventually, the itching became too severe for them to resist, Phoebe started saying how good it would feel to give in and her boyfriend was saying "We can't, we'd regret it!", and eventually he succumbed to temptation along with her in a clear parallel to a highly turned-on couple trying to resist the urge to have sex. And
when one is caught cheating.they finally do, they end up rubbing their backs against each other, complete with groaning, until Ross and Rachel walk in and gasp in horror, with Ross saying "I expected this from you Phoebe, but you're a military man!" to the boyfriend.
** An episode has Ross and Joey accidentally taking a nap together. It's treated like a night of drunken experimentation.
--->'''Joey:''' I wanna do it again!\\
'''Ross:''' We can't do it again!\\
'''Joey:''' Why not!?\\
'''Ross:''' Because it's '''weird'''!\\
** Monica redeveloping an addiction to [[GRatedDrug cookies.]]
** Rachel and Chandler stealing cheesecakes, played off as having to commit multiple cover up murders to cover up their original crime.

** A season six episode sees Malcolm buy Chandler and Joey arguing about the care of their new "baby" chick.
** Joey's kidney stones needing to [[ScreamingBirth be peed out]].
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Littlefinger's monologue in "You Win Or You Die" is straight-up instructions to his whores on the surface, but doubles as
a fixer-upper car description of his FalseFriend relationship with Ned.
--> '''Littlefinger:''' "They know what you are. They know it's all just an act. Your job is to make them forget what they know, and
that takes up all his time and money. time. You need to ease into it [...] He begins acting like an person in an unhappy or knows he's better than other men; he's always known it, deep down inside. Now he has proof. He's so good he's reaching something deep inside of you that no one even abusive relationship, from buying "gifts" for knew was there, overcoming your very nature..."
** The Hound's captors "accidentally" smack his head on
the car (leather seat covers, wagon they are loading him into.
** A once powerful figure who resents
a "car bra") loss of importance and influence to claiming ambitious upstarts manipulates a mass of zealots into becoming a private army of enforcers. These zealots upend society and throw aside the black eye he got usual political intrigue in favor of brute force on behalf of their patron, but become increasingly difficult to control. The above could be describing Cersei and the Faith Militant in Season 5 or China in the 1960s.
* ''Series/GeneralHospital'''s mid-90's storyline that had Karen Wexler being seduced into
working as a stripper for local mobster Sonny Corinthos and him plying her with drugs to keep her dependent on him as well as threatening to kill her when she finally worked up the nerve to walk away was basically a watered-down version of him being a pimp and her being a prostitute.
* Happens in universe in an episode of ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow''. Carmen and Jason are
on the car was his fault ("That was my fault, I wasn't being careful enough!"). The meeting Reese calls to talk debate team and debating about the problem even plays out like an intervention use of gas-guzzling cars. Carmen is still mad at Jason for an alcoholic, complete cheating at him and talks about how (paraphrased) "America has betrayed some people's trust by going and tapping a foreign oil source that other guys have already tapped". Jason responds with a guy from AA(A).
* Two torture sessions with a water theme or metaphor. A tiny nation invaded by a vast empire for uncertain reasons fights back with suicide bombers. And oh yeah, a surprise attack on an unsuspecting country
the fact that changes he's sorry he satisfied his need for resources elsewhere.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Kurt's subsequent reactions to Karofsky "taking" his first kiss strongly evoke the feel of a rape victim.
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'': In "Sakizuke" there's a scene that implies an AttemptedRape scene where Dr. Du Maurier comes to Hannibal's house to tell him she won't be his therapist anymore. The body language and chemistry between the actors is almost unbearably tense, and you have no idea what's going to happen. With every step Hannibal takes, Du Maurier takes one back, her fear clearly showing through her feigned stoicism. He visibly notices the first time this happens, and then keeps doing it anyway. Plus, he openly smirks when she discusses how
their entire political and cultural outlook. Watch ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' long enough and it will remind you of backstory would be just as incriminating for her.
** Hannibal shoves a long, thin object down Will's throat to force him to do
something against his will, for which he will be blamed afterwards. Will even has a traumatic flashback to it later, which makes it seem extremely similar to a situation of RapeAsDrama.
** Will's methods for dealing with Hannibal
in contemporary American politics.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'':
the second season are essentially seduction. "You gotta make [a fish not interested in the bait] bite, even though he's not hungry. [...] You have to create a reality where only you and the fish exist. Your lure is the one thing he wants, despite everything he knows." He in turn plays up his vulnerability and his twistedness to appeal to Hannibal and keep him interested.
** There's so much subtext about vampire rights "Tome-wan" confirms this: Will and Jack openly discuss capturing Hannibal, and Will reassures Jack that some might find the not-so-subtle parallels a bit tiresome. "God Hates Fangs"? Even vampire puns are still bad puns.
** Every feeding is a very obvious allusion to sex, culminating in one very particular episode. Both Bill and Eric were burned and needed healing. Follow, a frame of Sookie sitting between them, with a very meaningful expression on her face, while each vampire is sucking at a different wrist of hers.
* [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=185177&title=daily/colbert-just-a-quickie This]] clip from ''Series/TheDailyShow'', as if there wasn't enough Jon/Stephen HoYay already.
he's "a pretty good fisherman".



* One episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has Jordan telling Dr. Cox they're not going to fight anymore now that they have a baby. Dr. Cox ends up going a little crazy because Jordan won't fight with him anymore and it plays like as if she won't have sex with him anymore. This especially shows when he tells Carla about it.
-->'''Carla:''' What's going on with you?\\
'''Dr. Cox:''' Let's see, Jordan and I aren't, uh... we're not fighting anymore.\\
'''Carla:''' Oh, no. How long has this been going on?\\
'''Dr. Cox:''' Since the baby came along we've been fighting less and less.\\
'''Carla:''' Why don't you get a hotel room? Pour some nice champagne, get in a tub, and rip each other new ones. You know, make it special.
* ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'':
** Howard and Vince, who already posses huge amounts of HoYay (not helped by how everyone calls Vince "Howard's wife/girlfriend"), run into Vince's evil twin Lance Dior. Lance offers Howard the chance to become his... sidekick, and when Vince finds out he treats it as if Howard has been cheating on him.
** The Spirit of Jazz has huge amounts of this trope when talking about how he plans to possess Howard. Repeatedly growling about how he's going to "Get inside him" and "Wear him like a glove". Howard even lampshades it by telling him to stop using terms which are such huge innuendos. The Spirit of Jazz has no idea what he means, of course.
** Add to this the fact that when the Spirit of Jazz is trying to get inside Howard, the Spirit of Jazz is trapped in a hoover bag and is pointing the (rather phallic) nozzle at Howard's bottom.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** One episode ends with a breakup between Leonard and a physicist he was dating. They had already begun discussing having kids and everything, only it turns out that the breaking point was that one of them believes in String Theory and the other in Loop Quantum Gravity, both different theories that attempt to solve the major modern problems in physics. To him, it doesn't seem like such a big deal, but to her, it was "How would we raise the children?!" The entire scene was played as of a strong religious disjoint between the couple that could not be reconciled. This parodies many real physicists' attitudes regarding String Theory -- which makes absolutely no testable predictions and is so mathematically complex and diverse that it takes decades to be able to contribute -- and any competitors.
** One episode involves an "intervention", staged to convince Sheldon that he needs to learn to drive. His not driving causes him major problems and it's treated as addiction or lack of struggle.
** In most episodes where Leonard and Penny fight, Sheldon is often portrayed like the child of a dysfunctional family, with the previous two fulfilling the roles of argumentative parents.
** Many interactions between Raj and Howard, and especially fights, are portrayed as typical ones found between couples. And Raj and Stuart's interactions are starting to take on similar tones, although Stuart seems more aware of it than Howard has in the past.
** When Leslie Winkle tried to seduce Leonard for the first time, she pulled on him {{invoked}} ElegantClassicalMusician, blatantly asking whether clutching the strings does not remind him of anything.
** When Sheldon briefly gives up on string theory to pursue other areas of physics, the whole scenario is treated like a romantic break-up and subsequent rebound. After a drunken night, he wakes up naked and ashamed, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny cradling a geology textbook.]]
--> '''Leonard:''' I heard you reading pretty loudly last night.



* ''Series/ICarly'':
** Carly meeting Nevel for the first time is oddly reminiscent of meeting an Internet pedophile. Obviously it's toned down for kids.
** In "iQuit iCarly", the scene with the three main characters at school after Carly announces the show's cancellation resembles a conversation between a kid and his divorced parents.
** In "iBeat The Heat" Freddie tries to lift Carly onto the kitchen bench. He fails, and ends up making it look like he's having (clothed, obviously) sex with her.
** Mrs. Benson interrupting their webshow holding a bag which looks identical to a bag of weed and asking Freddie what it was. It turns out to be the asparagus that Freddie didn't eat for dinner, but it's obvious what it was meant to resemble.
** When Carly stopped dating the [[GirlOfTheWeek Guy Of The Week]] in "iQ", Sam gives Carly the huge fork which she took from the Shays at the beginning of the episode. When Carly asks Sam why is she giving up her beloved fork, Sam pulls out a huge fork. Carly replies " That is comically big". Which reminds some of us of what one woman might give her now-lonely girl friend to compensate for not having a boyfriend any more.
** In "iMust have Locker 239", Spencer gets incensed that Carly is taking art classes at the local community center instead of from him, and the situation is treated like someone is an affair.
* An episode of ''Series/TheITCrowd'' revolves around Jen taking up smoking and being forced to smoke outside, where the smoking area keeps getting moved further and further away from the office, eventually forcing the smokers to walk across a motorway and bleak, wind-swept terrain. The whole thing gets treated like the smokers are a bunch of Soviet dissidents being forced into a Stalinist gulag in Siberia.
* In ''Series/JustShootMe'', Dennis replaces Ally as Jack's bridge partner; the plot is played out as an infidelity.
* On ''KeepingUpAppearances'', Daisy and Onslow recall their wedding night, when she finally told him she was a Liverpool supporter. It's set up as if she had revealed something far more scandalous: Onslow had to go for a walk to sort things out, and, he says, she's lucky he didn't divorce her.



* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** ''Chuck vs. The Fat Lady''. Chuck accidentally gets stuck trying to go through an air vent. During this part, his iPhone accidentally turns on... and speed dials his ex. To her, it sounds more like Chuck is doing... that. It doesn't help that Chuck and Sarah are undercover as a business man and a hooker getting it on in a hotel, so the first thing the ex hears is something along the lines of "So long do you think it'll take for us to have sex?" "I don't know, maybe an hour or so." Followed by a bunch of stuff like "Move your hips forward" and "Bend the other way" when he gets stuck in the vents.
** "Chuck vs. Phase 3" begins with him dreaming about Sarah getting turned off because he can't flash. Lester lampshades it.
-->"You know, they make pills for what you have."
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** In a Season 1 episode "Something Wicked", the MonsterOfTheWeek -- a shtriga, a witch from Albanian folklore that feeds off of human "life forces", especially those of children -- is presented like a pedophile. The kids fall into comas and no one can explain why, and the shtriga is disguised as a male doctor that is supposed to be treating the children, which is similar to how many pedophiles try to position themselves so that the children's parents trust them. It should also be noted that the shtriga works its way through families, either from oldest child to youngest or vice versa.
** In a Season 3 episode, "Fresh Blood", a lonely male vampire who wants to build a new nest of vamps lurks around nightclubs and picks out pretty blondes and tries to interest them in a new (thick, red, liquid) recreational drug (in ''Supernatural'' [[OurVampiresAreDifferent either digestion or direct blood contact turns a person into a vampire]]). They wake up back in his basement lair and have no idea where they are or what happened to them, not unlike rape victims who were given "roofies" like rohypnol, which cause blackouts.
** Speaking of rape subtext, [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Michael]] in the Season 5 episode "The Song Remains the Same" attempts to justify his possession of John and his intent to possess Dean as if he were a date-rapist, including claiming that his intention to avoid causing unnecessary damage while inside Dean and John makes him morally superior to Raphael who left his victim catatonic.
** Pretty much all of Lucifer's dialogue with Sam in season 5 ''screams'' "rape."
-->'''Lucifer''': I will find you. And when I do, you will let me in. I'm sure of it.
-->'''Sam''': You'll need my consent.
** The following conversation from the Season 1 episode "Shadow" is actually about Monster Hunting, but sound like they're about [[HoYay something very different]] outside of context:
--->'''Dean:''' You and me. I want us to be together again. To be a family again.\\
'''Sam:''' Dean, we are a family. I'd do anything for you... but things will never be the way they were before.\\
'''Dean:''' They could be.\\
'''Sam:''' I don't want them to be. I'm not going to live this life forever. Dean, when this is all over, you're going to have to let me go my own way.
** In the Season 5 episode "Sympathy for the Devil", Dean readily forgives Sam for (inadvertently) freeing Lucifer, but [[IncestSubtext remains righteously angry at Sam because Sam chose his demon lover Ruby over Dean]] . . . as a [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow hunting partner.]]
* ''Series/WhateverHappenedToTheLikelyLads?'' features a man about to get married. His {{Heterosexual Life Partner|s}} then returns, feeling betrayed by his old friend, and very out-of-the-loop. His attitude towards his best friend's fiancée varies between amusement and outright resentment, and she also resents him, seeing him as a threat. The first series ends with the two men sleeping together on the wedding night.
* ''Seacht'' has had Pete and Decko describing a guitar in terms more suited for a beautiful woman. Which is TruthInTelevision.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** "The Krotons", which was made in the swingingest end of TheSixties, is about square authority figures who oppress groovy teenagers by giving them a forced education designed to close off their minds. The Doctor teaches the kids how to make acid [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs to free themselves]]. Of course, it's the dissolving kind of acid, and the authority figures are [[TinCanRobot literally square]]...
** "The Ambassadors of Death" has a scene of a probe docking to another probe, with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to an instrumental of [[TheImmodestOrgasm sexy song]] "Je T'aime (Moi Non Plus)" playing in the background. (Notably, when the Doctor repeats the motion later in the story, he does it over radiophonic space ambiance.)
** Before Gallifrey was destroyed, the Time Lords had a secret organization operating outside their own non-interventionist laws to pursue their political ends. It was named the ''[[FunWithAcronyms Celestial Intervention Agency]]''.
** "Aliens of London" two-parter: When the fake Prime Minister tries to persuade the UN to give him nuclear launch codes, he fibs about aliens poised to invade Earth, who have ''massive weapons of destruction'' capable of being launched within ''forty-five seconds''...
** The use of "dances" in "The Doctor Dances" is strange because it's used literally ''and'' as an UnusualEuphemism, and sometimes both at the same time.
** Nearly '''every''' single scene involving the Doctor and the Master in the new series has undertones, overtones, and sidetones of BDSM. From their conversations ("Use my name." "''Master''."), to the Master keeping the Doctor in a kennel for a year, to the Doctor intending to return the favor ("What, you're gonna just... keep me?"), to the confrontation in the junkyard that is right out of a HurtComfortFic, to the frakking ''bondage chair''... that [[Creator/RussellTDavies the writer of these episodes]] [[RunningTheAsylum openly ships them]] comes as no surprise to anyone.
*** The Doctor's jaw drops when he sees the Master with a wife. And later refers to her as [[TheBeard his beard]].
*** While far less blatant, the Master is no stranger to BDSM in the original series either. HADRON web, anyone?
** One of the most obvious comes from "Turn Left", in which the UK government collapses and [[PuttingOnTheReich puts on the Reich]], including the internment of foreign nationals. When one of Donna's housemates and friends is interned, Donna is oblivious to the parallel. Wilfred isn't, and he's absolutely horrified by it.
** The sexual violence imagery in the end of "The Almost People" and throughout "A Good Man Goes To War", used to squeak what is basically a RapeAndRevenge plot onto family television. Amy is kidnapped, her legs spread apart, and forced to give painful birth to a child she didn't even realise she was pregnant with. When she attempts to recuperate with her baby, it is revealed to be a ganger (an artificial body) when it explodes, leaving her sobbing in absolutely violated despair in night clothes with white goo on her hands and face.

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* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'':
** ''Chuck vs. The Fat Lady''. Chuck accidentally gets stuck trying to go through an air vent. During this part,
After many of his iPhone accidentally turns on... jokes on ''Series/TheLateLateShow'', Craig Ferguson will say "Remind you of anyone?".
* ''Series/LivAndMaddie'':
** Joey
and speed dials his ex. To her, Artie's building of bigger rockets in "Move-A-Rooney".
** When Maddie tells her Dad she no longer wants him as her partner for a tag-team tournament,
it sounds more like Chuck is doing... that. It doesn't help that Chuck and Sarah a girl breaking up with her boyfriend. She even says ItsNotYouItsMe.
* An episode of ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' has Gordo falling into the "forbidden world" of [[TabletopRPG roleplaying games]], which
are undercover treated like drugs. In fairness, {{crack|IsCheaper}} ''[[CrackIsCheaper is]]'' [[CrackIsCheaper cheaper]]. (At least it's a step up from being portrayed as a business man and a hooker getting it on demonic or satanic.
* One episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' concerned Hal feeling out-of-place
in a hotel, so the first thing the ex hears is something along the lines of "So long do you think it'll take for us to have sex?" "I don't know, maybe an hour or so." Followed by a bunch of stuff like "Move your hips forward" and "Bend the other way" when he gets stuck in the vents.
** "Chuck vs. Phase 3" begins with him dreaming about Sarah getting turned off
poker game because he can't flash. Lester lampshades it.
-->"You know, they make pills for what you have."
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
**
was the only ''non-professional'' person there, and all the ''professional'' people were banding together and discriminating against him with their unique slang and culture. (They were also all [[spoiler:black]].) In a Season 1 episode "Something Wicked", the MonsterOfTheWeek -- a shtriga, a witch from Albanian folklore that feeds off of human "life forces", especially those of children -- is presented like a pedophile. The kids fall into comas and no one can explain why, and the shtriga is disguised as a male doctor that is supposed to be treating the children, which is similar to how many pedophiles try to position themselves so that the children's parents trust them. It should also be noted that the shtriga works its way through families, either from oldest child to youngest or vice versa.
** In a Season 3
follow-up episode, "Fresh Blood", a lonely male vampire who wants Hal tried to build a new nest get one of vamps lurks around nightclubs the other players to be more open and picks out pretty blondes and tries to interest them in a new (thick, red, liquid) recreational drug (in ''Supernatural'' [[OurVampiresAreDifferent either digestion or direct blood contact turns a person caring with his wife; this quickly turned into a vampire]]). They wake up back in his basement lair and have no idea where they are or what happened to them, not unlike rape victims who were given "roofies" looked like rohypnol, which cause blackouts.
an argument between a married couple.
** Speaking of rape subtext, [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Michael]] in the Season 5 episode "The Song Remains the Same" attempts to justify In another episode, Lois catches Dewey spending time at "another mother's house" getting snacks and having his possession of John and his intent to possess Dean as if he were a date-rapist, including claiming that his intention to avoid causing unnecessary damage while inside Dean and John makes him morally superior to Raphael who left his victim catatonic.
** Pretty much all of Lucifer's dialogue with Sam in season 5 ''screams'' "rape."
-->'''Lucifer''': I will find you. And when I do, you will let me in. I'm sure of it.
-->'''Sam''': You'll need my consent.
**
ears washed. The following conversation from the Season 1 sounds like that between a couple when one is caught cheating.
** A season six
episode "Shadow" is actually about Monster Hunting, but sound sees Malcolm buy a fixer-upper car that takes up all his time and money. He begins acting like they're about [[HoYay something very different]] outside of context:
--->'''Dean:''' You and me. I want us to be together again. To be a family again.\\
'''Sam:''' Dean, we are a family. I'd do anything for you... but things will never be the way they were before.\\
'''Dean:''' They could be.\\
'''Sam:''' I don't want them to be. I'm not going to live this life forever. Dean, when this is all over, you're going to have to let me go my own way.
** In the Season 5 episode "Sympathy
an person in an unhappy or even abusive relationship, from buying "gifts" for the Devil", Dean readily forgives Sam for (inadvertently) freeing Lucifer, but [[IncestSubtext remains righteously angry at Sam because Sam chose his demon lover Ruby over Dean]] . . . as car (leather seat covers, a [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow hunting partner.]]
* ''Series/WhateverHappenedToTheLikelyLads?'' features a man about
"car bra") to get married. His {{Heterosexual Life Partner|s}} then returns, feeling betrayed by his old friend, and very out-of-the-loop. His attitude towards his best friend's fiancée varies between amusement and outright resentment, and she also resents him, seeing him as a threat. The first series ends with claiming the two men sleeping together black eye he got working on the wedding night.
* ''Seacht'' has had Pete and Decko describing a guitar in terms more suited for a beautiful woman. Which is TruthInTelevision.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** "The Krotons", which
car was made in the swingingest end of TheSixties, is his fault ("That was my fault, I wasn't being careful enough!"). The meeting Reese calls to talk about square authority figures who oppress groovy teenagers by giving them a forced education designed to close off their minds. The Doctor teaches the kids how to make acid [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs to free themselves]]. Of course, it's the dissolving kind of acid, and the authority figures are [[TinCanRobot literally square]]...
** "The Ambassadors of Death" has a scene of a probe docking to another probe,
problem even plays out like an intervention for an alcoholic, complete with a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to an instrumental guy from AA(A).
* ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'':
** Howard and Vince, who already posses huge amounts
of [[TheImmodestOrgasm sexy song]] "Je T'aime (Moi Non Plus)" playing in HoYay (not helped by how everyone calls Vince "Howard's wife/girlfriend"), run into Vince's evil twin Lance Dior. Lance offers Howard the background. (Notably, chance to become his... sidekick, and when the Doctor repeats the motion later in the story, Vince finds out he does treats it over radiophonic space ambiance.)
** Before Gallifrey was destroyed, the Time Lords had a secret organization operating outside their own non-interventionist laws to pursue their political ends. It was named the ''[[FunWithAcronyms Celestial Intervention Agency]]''.
** "Aliens of London" two-parter: When the fake Prime Minister tries to persuade the UN to give him nuclear launch codes, he fibs about aliens poised to invade Earth, who have ''massive weapons of destruction'' capable of being launched within ''forty-five seconds''...
as if Howard has been cheating on him.
** The use Spirit of "dances" in "The Doctor Dances" is strange because it's used literally ''and'' as an UnusualEuphemism, and sometimes both at the same time.
** Nearly '''every''' single scene involving the Doctor and the Master in the new series
Jazz has undertones, overtones, and sidetones huge amounts of BDSM. From their conversations ("Use my name." "''Master''."), to the Master keeping the Doctor in a kennel for a year, to the Doctor intending to return the favor ("What, you're gonna just... keep me?"), to the confrontation in the junkyard that is right out of a HurtComfortFic, to the frakking ''bondage chair''... that [[Creator/RussellTDavies the writer of these episodes]] [[RunningTheAsylum openly ships them]] comes as no surprise to anyone.
*** The Doctor's jaw drops
this trope when talking about how he sees the Master with a wife. And later refers plans to her as [[TheBeard his beard]].
*** While far less blatant, the Master is no stranger to BDSM in the original series either. HADRON web, anyone?
** One of the most obvious comes from "Turn Left", in which the UK government collapses and [[PuttingOnTheReich puts on the Reich]], including the internment of foreign nationals. When one of Donna's housemates and friends is interned, Donna is oblivious to the parallel. Wilfred isn't, and
possess Howard. Repeatedly growling about how he's absolutely horrified going to "Get inside him" and "Wear him like a glove". Howard even lampshades it by it.
**
telling him to stop using terms which are such huge innuendos. The sexual violence imagery in the end Spirit of "The Almost People" and throughout "A Good Man Goes To War", used to squeak Jazz has no idea what is basically a RapeAndRevenge plot onto family television. Amy is kidnapped, her legs spread apart, and forced he means, of course.
** Add
to give painful birth to a child she didn't even realise she was pregnant with. When she attempts to recuperate with her baby, it is revealed to be a ganger (an artificial body) this the fact that when it explodes, leaving her sobbing the Spirit of Jazz is trying to get inside Howard, the Spirit of Jazz is trapped in absolutely violated despair in night clothes with white goo on her hands a hoover bag and face. is pointing the (rather phallic) nozzle at Howard's bottom.
* Natalie walking on Sharona wiping ''Series/{{Monk}}'''s face clean elicited the same lines from Monk as you'd expect him to say if he was having an affair.



* ''Series/TheXFiles''. Agent Dana Scully getting a tattoo in "Never Again" is definitely played this way, from the expectant, hungry look of the man with her, to the gasps and expressions Scully makes. They then go back to his apartment and have sex for real. Or do they? We never see them in the action and she wakes up on his couch in her dress...
* Natalie walking on Sharona wiping Series/{{Monk}}'s face clean elicited the same lines from Monk as you'd expect him to say if he was having an affair.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** In "Menace", the team encounters an android in the form of a teenaged girl, who thinks she's human. When Daniel decides to explain to her that she's a robot, it ends up coming out very much like the cliched birds-and-the-bees conversation. ("You're not like me. On the inside, I mean.")
** The long-running subplot of Earth businessmen pulling the strings of rogue NID operatives for profit appears to be an allegory for the military-industrial complex.
** Many episodes have Teal'c distrusted and feared by the people SG-1 encounters for being a Jaffa (who [[EvilOverlord the Goa'uld]] use for their armies), which is very {{unfortunate|Implications}} given his actor Christopher Judge is black and all the characters expressing this fear are played by white people. Apparently the writers realised this and inverted it in one episode, where SG-1 assume this is why the people on the Planet of the Week are wary around Teal'c, only to turn out they're [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Space Nazis]] and they really ''do'' revile Teal'c because he's black.
** The Jaffa themselves - forced to be slaves for generations, slowly gaining their freedom, trying to form some sort of cultural identity after having one forced on them for so long, preserving their traditions as cultural heritage - have many parallels to the trans-atlantic slave trade and the struggles many in the African diaspora experience to this day. This is most apparent in the episodes Judge writes himself, namely "The Warrior", "Birthright", and "Sacrifices".
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': "What now?" "I think we should descale the teapot." "You filthy ''bitch''." "You ''love it''."

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* ''Series/TheXFiles''. Agent Dana Scully getting a tattoo in "Never Again" is definitely played this way, from ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Murdoch quite frequently solves crimes by using the expectant, hungry look limited resources of his time to get at a primitive version of a contemporary technology that would be quite familiar to the audience. Other conversations address some of the man with her, to the gasps and expressions Scully makes. They then go back to his apartment and have sex for real. Or do they? We never see them in the action and she wakes up on his couch in her dress...
* Natalie walking on Sharona wiping Series/{{Monk}}'s face clean elicited the same lines from Monk as you'd expect him to say if he was having an affair.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** In "Menace", the team encounters an android in the form
unforeseen consequences of a teenaged girl, who thinks she's human. When Daniel decides to explain to her new technologies. There's even at least one plot that she's a robot, it ends up coming out very much like the cliched birds-and-the-bees conversation. ("You're not like me. On the inside, I mean.")
** The long-running subplot of Earth businessmen pulling the strings of rogue NID operatives for profit appears to be an allegory
strongly recalls what for the military-industrial complex.
audience is a series of historic events. Some examples include:
** Many episodes have Teal'c distrusted Murdoch and feared Nikola Tesla collaborate on a portable audio broadcasting unit to record a criminal conversation (in essence, a wireless wiretap) in "Power". In one of their conversations, Tesla suggests moving images could also be sent over the air, and when Murdoch says such a thing would be a "telekinetiscope", Tesla replies that the word is too long and suggests "television" instead.
** Murdoch comes up with a number of portable light sources, including one that shines UV light (helpful for detecting blood evidence) and bicycle lamps powered
by the people SG-1 encounters cyclist's pedaling.
** Murdoch explains chemiluminescence to his boss Inspector Brackenreid and concocts an early version of luminol.
** Early efforts to obtain ballistics evidence involve firing guns into a full rain barrel and comparing bullets. Later in the series, Murdoch seems to have learned that the water could deform a bullet, so he fires weapons into soft materials (suspended sandbags backed by hay bales) to obtain bullets
for being comparison.
** After doing some reading on Mongol warriors and silk, Murdoch designs
a Jaffa (who [[EvilOverlord the Goa'uld]] use for their armies), bulletproof vest. He later sends Crabtree to his tailor to have one made to fit him, which is very {{unfortunate|Implications}} given his actor Christopher Judge is black the constable wears in "Big Murderer on Campus" and all "Murdoch on the characters expressing this fear are played by white people. Apparently the writers realised this and inverted it in Corner".
** In
one episode, where SG-1 assume this is why the people evidence is underwater in Lake Ontario, so Murdoch essentially invents a rudimentary version of sonar to find it.
** The episode "Murdoch.com" revolves around women being lured to their deaths by a sexual predator...
on the Planet of telegraph lines.
** Crabtree's line: "Why, it's like a spiderweb!... It could even be world-wide!"
** There is a "digitized" and "faxed" photograph Murdoch and his Surete colleague obtain via telegraph in "Monsieur Murdoch".
** Among
the Week inventions mentioned in the episode "Invention Convention" are wary around Teal'c, only an analytical engine (a precursor to turn out they're [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Space Nazis]] modern computers), a machine specifically for sending email (they call it "i-mail"), and they really ''do'' revile Teal'c because he's black.
sound-activated switches. [[LampshadeHanging Crabtree even notes the ease of turning off lights by clapping his hands!]]
** The Jaffa themselves - forced to be slaves for generations, slowly gaining their freedom, trying to form some sort of cultural identity after having one forced on them for so long, preserving their traditions as cultural heritage - have many parallels In "Journey to the trans-atlantic slave trade Center of Toronto", Murdoch builds and sets up a series of small seismographs to help the struggles many men of Station 4 track an underground boring machine used in a series of thefts.
** After some curious metal filings are found on a corpse and at a crime scene, Murdoch hits
the African diaspora experience to this day. This is most apparent books and fabricates a silencer in the episodes Judge writes himself, namely "The Warrior", "Birthright", Black Hand". Crabtree [[LampshadeHanging hangs the lampshade by suggesting "muffler" and "Sacrifices".
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': "What now?" "I think we should descale
"silencer" as names for the teapot." "You filthy ''bitch''." "You ''love it''."item]].
** "Back and to the Left" starts with two government officials in an open-air vehicle when there's gunfire and one of them dies from a gunshot wound to the head. The entire event is photographed and filmed. It soon appears at least one shot came from an upstairs window of a nearby warehouse. A man is identified in the papers as the shooter and is shortly thereafter killed. Murdoch and Dr. Ogden go over the evidence and find the evidence of the bullet trajectory doesn't line up, the phrase "magic bullet" is used, and they conclude there was a second shooter. Sounds rather like the assassination of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, doesn't it?
* In experiment 703 "Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell" on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', a character is shown with snow matted in his beard and a doofy expression on his face. Servo's response? "[[TheStoner GUESS WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING!]]"



* In ''Series/CriminalMinds'', the knife scene between The Reaper and Hotch. It might actually have extended to out-and-out rape. Either way, the dialogue is highly sexualized. The Reaper strips off his shirt, goes up ''very'' close to Hotch on top of him, and slowly cuts him with a knife. Eventually, he tells Hotch that he's horribly wrong about how {{Serial Killer}}s who use knives are impotent, and is going to change the way Hotch profiles. Cue The Reaper slowly moving his hand further down on Hotch's body, and Hotch moaning in pain. At the very least, it was pseudo-rape.
* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' has another less than comedic example, wherein [[spoiler: Tully]]'s interactions with [[spoiler: George]] near the end of [[spoiler: Series 1, Episode 2]] has the feel of a rape scene. The fact that [[spoiler: Tully]] had sexually assaulted [[spoiler: Annie]] earlier that episode did ''not'' help.
* An episode of ''Series/TheITCrowd'' revolves around Jen taking up smoking and being forced to smoke outside, where the smoking area keeps getting moved further and further away from the office, eventually forcing the smokers to walk across a motorway and bleak, wind-swept terrain. The whole thing gets treated like the smokers are a bunch of Soviet dissidents being forced into a Stalinist gulag in Siberia.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Metamorphosis" features Zefram Cochrane being looked after by a powerful energy being. When he realizes that the energy being wants a physical relationship with him, he's repulsed, but Kirk, Spock and [=McCoy=] don't see what the problem is. Given Cochrane's actual words, the episode can be read as a metaphor against homophobia, or, given the time period and a strange handwave about it being a ''female'' energy being, possibly against opposition to interracial relationships.
--> '''Cochrane:''' Is this what the future holds? Men who have no notion of decency or morality? Maybe I'm a hundred and fifty years out of style, but I'm not going to be fodder for any inhuman monster. (He leaves in disgust.)
--> '''Spock:''' Fascinating. A totally parochial attitude.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** The Cardassian occupation of Bajor, complete with labor camps and racially-charged rhetoric, is reminiscent of the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi regime]].
** Like the Nazis, the Changeling Founders consider themselves racially superior to "solids" and have no moral qualms about genocide.
** The Section 31 virus which afflicts the Changeling race is reminiscent of the HIV epidemic. First, the virus is spread by the physically intimate act of linking, the closest Changeling analog to sex. Like HIV, the virus is lethal, at least until a cure is discovered in season 7. Finally, the virus is deliberately developed by Section 31, a shadow organization under the Federation government, as a means of bringing about a Changeling genocide. This strategy is reminiscent of early [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discredited_AIDS_origins_theories conspiracy theories]] surrounding the origins of HIV.
** ''Linking'', dear God. The linking scenes between Odo and the Female Changeling have the feel of [[GRatedSex love scenes]].
* In the ad episode of ''TheOffice'', Michael says Andy's jogging scene is the pivotal moment. And if they don't nail it, they "will lose the whole triumph of the moment; [[ThoseWackyNazis the triumph of the will.]]"
* In experiment 703 "Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell" on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', a character is shown with snow matted in his beard and a doofy expression on his face. Servo's response? "[[TheStoner GUESS WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING!]]"
* Creator/NigellaLawson in every one of her cookery programmes manages to make cooking sound like foreplay.

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* In ''Series/CriminalMinds'', the knife scene between The Reaper and Hotch. It might actually have extended to out-and-out rape. Either way, the dialogue is highly sexualized. The Reaper strips off his shirt, goes up ''very'' close to Hotch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kol3V2LXRE this clip]] on top of him, and slowly cuts him with a knife. Eventually, he tells Hotch that he's horribly wrong about how {{Serial Killer}}s who use knives are impotent, and is going to change the way Hotch profiles. Cue The Reaper slowly moving his hand further down on Hotch's body, and Hotch moaning in pain. At the very least, ''Nashville Now'', it was pseudo-rape.
* ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' has another less than comedic example, wherein [[spoiler: Tully]]'s interactions with [[spoiler: George]] near the end of [[spoiler: Series 1, Episode 2]] has the feel of a rape scene. The fact that [[spoiler: Tully]] had sexually assaulted [[spoiler: Annie]] earlier that episode did ''not'' help.
* An episode of ''Series/TheITCrowd'' revolves around Jen taking up smoking and being forced to smoke outside, where the smoking area keeps getting moved further and further away from the office, eventually forcing the smokers to walk across a motorway and bleak, wind-swept terrain. The whole thing gets treated
sounds like the smokers are a bunch of Soviet dissidents being forced into a Stalinist gulag in Siberia.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Metamorphosis" features Zefram Cochrane being looked after by a powerful energy being. When he realizes that the energy being wants a physical relationship with him, he's repulsed, but Kirk, Spock and [=McCoy=] don't see what the problem is. Given Cochrane's actual words, the episode can be read as a metaphor against homophobia, or, given the time period and a strange handwave about it being a ''female'' energy being, possibly against opposition to interracial relationships.
--> '''Cochrane:''' Is this what the future holds? Men who have no notion of decency or morality? Maybe I'm a hundred and fifty years out of style, but I'm not going to be fodder
K.T. Oslin's picking up Music/RebaMcEntire for any inhuman monster. (He leaves in disgust.)
--> '''Spock:''' Fascinating. A totally parochial attitude.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** The Cardassian occupation of Bajor, complete with labor camps and racially-charged rhetoric, is reminiscent of the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi regime]].
** Like the Nazis, the Changeling Founders consider themselves racially superior to "solids" and have no moral qualms about genocide.
** The Section 31 virus which afflicts the Changeling race is reminiscent of the HIV epidemic. First, the virus is spread by the physically intimate act of linking, the closest Changeling analog to sex. Like HIV, the virus is lethal, at least until
a cure is discovered in season 7. Finally, the virus is deliberately developed by Section 31, a shadow organization under the Federation government, as a means of bringing about a Changeling genocide. This strategy is reminiscent of early [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discredited_AIDS_origins_theories conspiracy theories]] surrounding the origins of HIV.
** ''Linking'', dear God. The linking scenes between Odo and the Female Changeling have the feel of [[GRatedSex love scenes]].
* In the ad episode of ''TheOffice'', Michael says Andy's jogging scene is the pivotal moment. And if they don't nail it, they "will lose the whole triumph of the moment; [[ThoseWackyNazis the triumph of the will.]]"
* In experiment 703 "Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell" on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', a character is shown with snow matted in his beard and a doofy expression on his face. Servo's response? "[[TheStoner GUESS WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING!]]"
* Creator/NigellaLawson in every one of her cookery programmes manages to make cooking sound like foreplay.
[[HoYay lesbian encounter]].



* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Kurt's subsequent reactions to Karofsky "taking" his first kiss strongly evoke the feel of a rape victim.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Clark and other Kryptonians emit fire beams from their eyes when aroused. He first discovered this in "Heat".
** During Season 8, [[spoiler: Davis Bloom]] would blackout and turn into a monster [[spoiler: (specifically Doomsday)]] at random, but found a way to stop it by killing people, leading him to becoming a serial killer to avoid turning into the monster. For those who don't know the psychology behind compulsive serial killers, when a serial killer doesn't kill for a certain amount of time, they feel psychologically compelled to kill, sort of like they're being taken over by a metaphorical monster. In [[spoiler: Davis']] case, he was being taken over by a ''physical'' monster.
** Red Kryptonite is [[GRatedDrug often used as a stand in for drug use]]; when Clark comes into contact with it, he looses his inhibitions, and as he's fully aware of what's responsible for such, he will refuse to let go of the Red Kryptonite, almost like a drug user refusing to give up drugs. After being unintentionally exposed to it a few times, when Clark was dealing with feeling depressed after causing his mother to lose her unborn baby, he began using it to deal with the pain of guilt. Also, he starts mistreating his friends. There's more drug-related comparisons, but they'd take forever to write out.
** And similar to this, there was the time Olly developed a serum that would heal any injury, no matter how life threatening, making him a better hero (as Olly's a BadassNormal in a world where anyone can gain temporary or permanent abilities by finding radioactive GreenRocks), but at the cost of making him aggressive and violent, causing him, as Green Arrow, to accidentally hurt Lois. The whole thing is treated like he's taking steroids, with what happened to Lois especially being all but compared to 'roid rage-induced domestic abuse. Hell, they explain away the incident to then-uninformed Lois as Olly doing drugs.
* During the Invasion storyline, Alliance member Torrie Wilson began dating WWF (and Japanese) wrestler Tajiri. Announcer Paul Heyman regularly mentioned how he didn't approve of such "interpromotional relationships".
* The suntan lotion incident within the first five seconds of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_NWw3-MWUM this promo]] for ''Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventures.''
* In one episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', Eric discovering his mentor Mr. Feeny tutoring another student is played like Mr. Feeny is cheating on him:
-->'''Eric:''' He's a professional tutor! You mean nothing to him!
* The ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "Kindred Spirits" plays up the HoYay by portraying Xena and Gabrielle as a couple whose marriage is on the rocks because of family vs. career.
* Happens in universe in an episode of ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow''. Carmen and Jason are on the debate team and debating about the use of gas-guzzling cars. Carmen is still mad at Jason for cheating at him and talks about how (paraphrased) "America has betrayed some people's trust by going and tapping a foreign oil source that other guys have already tapped". Jason responds with the fact that he's sorry he satisfied his need for resources elsewhere.
* One episode of ''Series/WillAndGrace'' where they were arguing who should the homeless Karen stay with. They start acting like parents arguing in front of their kid.
-->'''Grace''': We're not supposed to argue of the D-R-U-N-K!
-->'''Karen''': May I have a martini now?
-->'''Both''': No!
* "The Tale Of The Renegade Virus" on ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' features a virus with a serial port connector for a hand that tries to plug it into Simon's serial port in his hand. He's laughing all the while and Simons is screaming BigNo. The scene is uncomfortably reminiscent of AttemptedRape.

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* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Kurt's subsequent reactions Creator/NigellaLawson in every one of her cookery programmes manages to Karofsky "taking" his first kiss strongly evoke make cooking sound like foreplay.
* In
the feel ad episode of a rape victim.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Clark and other Kryptonians emit fire beams from their eyes when aroused. He first discovered this in "Heat".
** During Season 8, [[spoiler: Davis Bloom]] would blackout and turn into a monster [[spoiler: (specifically Doomsday)]] at random, but found a way to stop it by killing people, leading him to becoming a serial killer to avoid turning into
''Series/TheOffice|US'', Michael says Andy's jogging scene is the monster. For those who pivotal moment. And if they don't know the psychology behind compulsive serial killers, when a serial killer doesn't kill for a certain amount of time, nail it, they feel psychologically compelled to kill, sort of like they're being taken over by a metaphorical monster. In [[spoiler: Davis']] case, he was being taken over by a ''physical'' monster.
** Red Kryptonite is [[GRatedDrug often used as a stand in for drug use]]; when Clark comes into contact with it, he looses his inhibitions, and as he's fully aware of what's responsible for such, he will refuse to let go
"will lose the whole triumph of the Red Kryptonite, almost like a drug user refusing to give up drugs. After being unintentionally exposed to it a few times, when Clark was dealing with feeling depressed after causing his mother to lose her unborn baby, he began using it to deal with moment; [[ThoseWackyNazis the pain of guilt. Also, he starts mistreating his friends. There's more drug-related comparisons, but they'd take forever to write out.
** And similar to this, there was the time Olly developed a serum that would heal any injury, no matter how life threatening, making him a better hero (as Olly's a BadassNormal in a world where anyone can gain temporary or permanent abilities by finding radioactive GreenRocks), but at the cost of making him aggressive and violent, causing him, as Green Arrow, to accidentally hurt Lois. The whole thing is treated like he's taking steroids, with what happened to Lois especially being all but compared to 'roid rage-induced domestic abuse. Hell, they explain away the incident to then-uninformed Lois as Olly doing drugs.
* During the Invasion storyline, Alliance member Torrie Wilson began dating WWF (and Japanese) wrestler Tajiri. Announcer Paul Heyman regularly mentioned how he didn't approve of such "interpromotional relationships".
* The suntan lotion incident within the first five seconds of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_NWw3-MWUM this promo]] for ''Bucket and Skinner's Epic Adventures.''
* In one episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', Eric discovering his mentor Mr. Feeny tutoring another student is played like Mr. Feeny is cheating on him:
-->'''Eric:''' He's a professional tutor! You mean nothing to him!
* The ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "Kindred Spirits" plays up the HoYay by portraying Xena and Gabrielle as a couple whose marriage is on the rocks because of family vs. career.
* Happens in universe in an episode of ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow''. Carmen and Jason are on the debate team and debating about the use of gas-guzzling cars. Carmen is still mad at Jason for cheating at him and talks about how (paraphrased) "America has betrayed some people's trust by going and tapping a foreign oil source that other guys have already tapped". Jason responds with the fact that he's sorry he satisfied his need for resources elsewhere.
* One episode of ''Series/WillAndGrace'' where they were arguing who should the homeless Karen stay with. They start acting like parents arguing in front of their kid.
-->'''Grace''': We're not supposed to argue
triumph of the D-R-U-N-K!
-->'''Karen''': May I have a martini now?
-->'''Both''': No!
* "The Tale Of The Renegade Virus" on ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' features a virus with a serial port connector for a hand that tries to plug it into Simon's serial port in his hand. He's laughing all the while and Simons is screaming BigNo. The scene is uncomfortably reminiscent of AttemptedRape.
will.]]"



* [[http://youtu.be/Vomy3vscMN0 This]] water gun fight from Nickelodeon's ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' is... iffy.
* Wendy Rieger's method of measuring snowfall reminds us of [[BiggerIsBetterInBed something else]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEP9aU-ynm0#t=0m38s this newscast]].
** Hurricane Sandy also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndVOSjjWaOU reminds]] Wendy Rieger of her sex life.



* In ''Series/TheRefugees'', the way the people from the future are treated is a lot like real life refugees are treated: unwanted, kept in camps, taken advantage of... and some of the present people start to develop fascist-like behavior towards them, such as blaming them for everything that is going wrong or for crimes they are innocent of.



* In the ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' episode "If You Build It..." Fargo and his smart car Tabitha are LikeAnOldMarriedCouple. When Fargo sells her and gets a cool new car, it's treated as a horrible break up.
* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation'': Auburn Calloway and the Air France hijackers both ultimately wanted to kamikaze their planes into buildings; Calloway targeted Fed-Ex's headquarters in Memphis while the Air France hijackers planned to gun for the Eiffel Tower. The parallels to a certain terrorist attack are not ignored.
* ''Series/GeneralHospital'''s mid-90's storyline that had Karen Wexler being seduced into working as a stripper for local mobster Sonny Corinthos and him plying her with drugs to keep her dependent on him as well as threatening to kill her when she finally worked up the nerve to walk away was basically a watered-down version of him being a pimp and her being a prostitute.

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* In the ''{{Series/Eureka}}'' One episode "If of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has Jordan telling Dr. Cox they're not going to fight anymore now that they have a baby. Dr. Cox ends up going a little crazy because Jordan won't fight with him anymore and it plays like as if she won't have sex with him anymore. This especially shows when he tells Carla about it.
-->'''Carla:''' What's going on with you?\\
'''Dr. Cox:''' Let's see, Jordan and I aren't, uh... we're not fighting anymore.\\
'''Carla:''' Oh, no. How long has this been going on?\\
'''Dr. Cox:''' Since the baby came along we've been fighting less and less.\\
'''Carla:''' Why don't you get a hotel room? Pour some nice champagne, get in a tub, and rip each other new ones.
You Build It..." Fargo know, make it special.
* ''Seacht'' has had Pete
and his smart car Tabitha are LikeAnOldMarriedCouple. When Fargo sells her and gets Decko describing a cool new car, it's guitar in terms more suited for a beautiful woman. Which is TruthInTelevision.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'':
** Jerry's relationship with Keith Hernandez resembles a [[HoYay romantic relationship]], in which helping him move is
treated as "going all the way."
** In another episode, Jerry makes
a horrible break up.
* ''Series/AirCrashInvestigation'': Auburn Calloway
snide remark about dentists which gets him labeled an "anti-dentite". ("Next thing you know you're saying they should have their own schools!" "They ''do'' have their own schools!")
*** Later subverted in the same episode, When Jerry jokes with the Girl of the Week about dentists only to discover her non-metaphorical prejudice:
---->'''[=GotW=]:''' Hey, what do you call a doctor who fails out of med school?\\
'''Jerry:''' What?\\
'''[=GotW=]:''' A dentist. ''(they laugh)''\\
'''Jerry:''' That's a good one. Dentists.\\
'''[=GotW=]:''' Yeah, who needs 'em? Not to mention the Blacks
and the Air France hijackers both ultimately wanted Jews.
** Jerry leaving his barber for his more talented relative is portrayed as an infidelity of operatic proportions, complete with several music cues from ''TheBarberOfSeville''.
** Another episode had portrayed Kramer and Jerry as a married couple, when Kramer got a job, specifically portraying Kramer as the workaholic husband and Jerry as the neglected wife.
** Even in one of the first series, a scene in which Jerry tried
to kamikaze stop seeing an annoying friend is played like a relationship break-up, with Jerry resorting to saying 'it's not you, it's me'
** An episode where Kramer's shower breaks forces him to not bathe for days. His constant scratching and his desperate need for a new shower head makes him look and sound like a junkie. His dilemma makes Elaine's situation at work (she is mistaken for a drug addict) a lot worse.
** And, of course, the episode in which the facial/speech aftereffects of dental surgery result in Kramer being mistaken for a mentally-challenged person.
** One episode has Elaine dating a man she really likes, only to be disappointed when she finds out he has pro-life views. [[TwoLinesNoWaiting In the same episode]], Kramer teams up with Italian restaurant owner Poppy to open a pizzeria where customers make
their planes pizza themselves, and the two have the following argument over pizza toppings:
--->'''Poppy:''' No no no, you can't-a put-a cucumbers on a pizza.\\
'''Kramer:''' Well, why not? I like cucumbers.\\
'''Poppy:''' That's-a not a pizza. It'll taste-a terrible.\\
'''Kramer:''' Yeah, but that's the idea. You make your own pie.\\
'''Poppy:''' Yes, but we cannot-a give-a the people the right to choose ''any'' topping they ''want''! Now, on this issue there can-a be ''no'' debate!\\
'''Kramer:''' What gives you the right to tell me how I would make my pie?!\\
'''Poppy:''' Because it's a ''pizza''!\\
'''Kramer:''' It's not a pizza until it comes out of the oven!\\
'''Poppy:''' It's a pizza the moment you put-a you' fists in the dough!\\
'''Kramer:''' No, it isn't!\\
'''Poppy:''' Yes it is!
* ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'':
** Ellen's relationship with her auditor in the 3rd season is deliberately reminiscent of a therapist-client relationship. Up to:
-->'''Ellen:''' I think we're making real progress here. Maybe we could move to an hour-and-a-half session?
** Later in the season, we see Anna on the phone with someone. "What do you mean you have to play with it?... Well, when will you be able to get it up again?... Is there anything I can do to help?" She's talking to tech support about the theater festival's local area network.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Clark and other Kryptonians emit fire beams from their eyes when aroused. He first discovered this in "Heat".
** During Season 8, [[spoiler: Davis Bloom]] would blackout and turn
into buildings; Calloway targeted Fed-Ex's headquarters in Memphis while a monster [[spoiler: (specifically Doomsday)]] at random, but found a way to stop it by killing people, leading him to becoming a serial killer to avoid turning into the Air France hijackers planned monster. For those who don't know the psychology behind compulsive serial killers, when a serial killer doesn't kill for a certain amount of time, they feel psychologically compelled to gun kill, sort of like they're being taken over by a metaphorical monster. In [[spoiler: Davis']] case, he was being taken over by a ''physical'' monster.
** Red Kryptonite is [[GRatedDrug often used as a stand in for drug use]]; when Clark comes into contact with it, he looses his inhibitions, and as he's fully aware of what's responsible for such, he will refuse to let go of the Red Kryptonite, almost like a drug user refusing to give up drugs. After being unintentionally exposed to it a few times, when Clark was dealing with feeling depressed after causing his mother to lose her unborn baby, he began using it to deal with the pain of guilt. Also, he starts mistreating his friends. There's more drug-related comparisons, but they'd take forever to write out.
* ''Series/{{Spaced}}'': "What now?" "I think we should descale the teapot." "You filthy ''bitch''." "You ''love it''."
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** In "Menace", the team encounters an android in the form of a teenaged girl, who thinks she's human. When Daniel decides to explain to her that she's a robot, it ends up coming out very much like the cliched birds-and-the-bees conversation. ("You're not like me. On the inside, I mean.")
** The long-running subplot of Earth businessmen pulling the strings of rogue NID operatives for profit appears to be an allegory
for the Eiffel Tower. military-industrial complex.
** Many episodes have Teal'c distrusted and feared by the people SG-1 encounters for being a Jaffa (who [[EvilOverlord the Goa'uld]] use for their armies), which is very {{unfortunate|Implications}} given his actor Christopher Judge is black and all the characters expressing this fear are played by white people. Apparently the writers realised this and inverted it in one episode, where SG-1 assume this is why the people on the Planet of the Week are wary around Teal'c, only to turn out they're [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Space Nazis]] and they really ''do'' revile Teal'c because he's black.
**
The Jaffa themselves - forced to be slaves for generations, slowly gaining their freedom, trying to form some sort of cultural identity after having one forced on them for so long, preserving their traditions as cultural heritage - have many parallels to the trans-atlantic slave trade and the struggles many in the African diaspora experience to this day. This is most apparent in the episodes Judge writes himself, namely "The Warrior", "Birthright", and "Sacrifices".
* ''Series/StarkRavingMad'':
** In "Therapy," there is
a certain terrorist attack are not ignored.
* ''Series/GeneralHospital'''s mid-90's storyline
comparison between Ian and Henry's relationship and that had Karen Wexler being seduced into working as of a stripper for local mobster Sonny Corinthos [[MistakenForGay troubled couple]], a [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] idea that Jake is Ian/Henry's son, and him plying her with drugs to keep her dependent on him as well as threatening to kill her when she finally worked up a comparison between therapy and cheating.
-->'''Tess:''' Did you do exercises?
-->'''Henry:''' ''(beat)'' No.
** Later...
--> '''Henry:''' We were just doing research, and
the nerve to walk away was basically a watered-down version of him being a pimp and her being a prostitute.next thing I knew... it just happened! I'm sorry.



* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kol3V2LXRE this clip]] on ''Nashville Now'', it sounds like K.T. Oslin's picking up Music/RebaMcEntire for a [[HoYay lesbian encounter]].
* ''Series/LivAndMaddie'':
** Joey and Artie's building of bigger rockets in "Move-A-Rooney".
** When Maddie tells her Dad she no longer wants him as her partner for a tag-team tournament, it sounds like a girl breaking up with her boyfriend. She even says ItsNotYouItsMe.
* ''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'': In the season 2 finale, Bret and Jemaine are forced to move in with Mel and Doug after getting evicted. And their new found dynamic is similar to that of a family. Mel gives them curfew. Bret and Jemaine sneak out at night for band/musical rehearsal. There's even a conversation about Doug and Mel getting a divorce. Mel even tells Bret and Jemaine it isn't their fault, but Doug adds that it kind of is.
* In the coming-out episode of {{Ellen}}, the titular character is grappling with her feelings and basically tries to convince herself that she's straight by jumping on the cute guy she's been dating. The scene fades out as they fall onto the bed. But when it fades back in, they're lying there fully clothed, with a despondent Ellen saying, "I'm really sorry, I don't know what went wrong, this has never happened to me before", etc., while the guy interjects with "Is it something I did?, It's okay, it's very common", etc. Basically a GenderFlip of the countless scenes of some guy not being able to perform while his disappointed partner tries to reassure him.
* In Series/TheRefugees, the way the people from the future are treated is a lot like real life refugees are treated: unwanted, kept in camps, taken advantage of... and some of the present people start to develop fascist-like behavior towards them, such as blaming them for everything that is going wrong or for crimes they are innocent of.
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'': In "Sakizuke" there's a scene that implies an AttemptedRape scene where Dr. Du Maurier comes to Hannibal's house to tell him she won't be his therapist anymore. The body language and chemistry between the actors is almost unbearably tense, and you have no idea what's going to happen. With every step Hannibal takes, Du Maurier takes one back, her fear clearly showing through her feigned stoicism. He visibly notices the first time this happens, and then keeps doing it anyway. Plus, he openly smirks when she discusses how their backstory would be just as incriminating for her.
** Hannibal shoves a long, thin object down Will's throat to force him to do something against his will, for which he will be blamed afterwards. Will even has a traumatic flashback to it later, which makes it seem extremely similar to a situation of RapeAsDrama.
** Will's methods for dealing with Hannibal in the second season are essentially seduction. "You gotta make [a fish not interested in the bait] bite, even though he's not hungry. [...] You have to create a reality where only you and the fish exist. Your lure is the one thing he wants, despite everything he knows." He in turn plays up his vulnerability and his twistedness to appeal to Hannibal and keep him interested.
** "Tome-wan" confirms this: Will and Jack openly discuss capturing Hannibal, and Will reassures Jack that he's "a pretty good fisherman".

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** The Cardassian occupation of Bajor, complete with labor camps and racially-charged rhetoric, is reminiscent of the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi regime]].
** Like the Nazis, the Changeling Founders consider themselves racially superior to "solids" and have no moral qualms about genocide.
** The Section 31 virus which afflicts the Changeling race is reminiscent of the HIV epidemic. First, the virus is spread by the physically intimate act of linking, the closest Changeling analog to sex. Like HIV, the virus is lethal, at least until a cure is discovered in season 7. Finally, the virus is deliberately developed by Section 31, a shadow organization under the Federation government, as a means of bringing about a Changeling genocide. This strategy is reminiscent of early [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discredited_AIDS_origins_theories conspiracy theories]] surrounding the origins of HIV.
** ''Linking'', dear God. The linking scenes between Odo and the Female Changeling have the feel of [[GRatedSex love scenes]].
** And similar to this, there was the time Olly developed a serum that would heal any injury, no matter how life threatening, making him a better hero (as Olly's a BadassNormal in a world where anyone can gain temporary or permanent abilities by finding radioactive GreenRocks), but at the cost of making him aggressive and violent, causing him, as Green Arrow, to accidentally hurt Lois. The whole thing is treated like he's taking steroids, with what happened to Lois especially being all but compared to 'roid rage-induced domestic abuse. Hell, they explain away the incident to then-uninformed Lois as Olly doing drugs.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Metamorphosis" features Zefram Cochrane being looked after by a powerful energy being. When he realizes that the energy being wants a physical relationship with him, he's repulsed, but Kirk, Spock and [=McCoy=] don't see what the problem is. Given Cochrane's actual words, the episode can be read as a metaphor against homophobia, or, given the time period and a strange handwave about it being a ''female'' energy being, possibly against opposition to interracial relationships.
--> '''Cochrane:''' Is this what the future holds? Men who have no notion of decency or morality? Maybe I'm a hundred and fifty years out of style, but I'm not going to be fodder for any inhuman monster. (He leaves in disgust.)
--> '''Spock:''' Fascinating. A totally parochial attitude.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
**
In [[http://www.a Season 1 episode "Something Wicked", the MonsterOfTheWeek -- a shtriga, a witch from Albanian folklore that feeds off of human "life forces", especially those of children -- is presented like a pedophile. The kids fall into comas and no one can explain why, and the shtriga is disguised as a male doctor that is supposed to be treating the children, which is similar to how many pedophiles try to position themselves so that the children's parents trust them. It should also be noted that the shtriga works its way through families, either from oldest child to youngest or vice versa.
** In a Season 3 episode, "Fresh Blood", a lonely male vampire who wants to build a new nest of vamps lurks around nightclubs and picks out pretty blondes and tries to interest them in a new (thick, red, liquid) recreational drug (in ''Supernatural'' [[OurVampiresAreDifferent either digestion or direct blood contact turns a person into a vampire]]). They wake up back in his basement lair and have no idea where they are or what happened to them, not unlike rape victims who were given "roofies" like rohypnol, which cause blackouts.
** Speaking of rape subtext, [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Michael]] in the Season 5 episode "The Song Remains the Same" attempts to justify his possession of John and his intent to possess Dean as if he were a date-rapist, including claiming that his intention to avoid causing unnecessary damage while inside Dean and John makes him morally superior to Raphael who left his victim catatonic.
** Pretty much all of Lucifer's dialogue with Sam in season 5 ''screams'' "rape."
-->'''Lucifer''': I will find you. And when I do, you will let me in. I'm sure of it.
-->'''Sam''': You'll need my consent.
** The following conversation from the Season 1 episode "Shadow" is actually about Monster Hunting, but sound like they're about [[HoYay something very different]] outside of context:
--->'''Dean:''' You and me. I want us to be together again. To be a family again.\\
'''Sam:''' Dean, we are a family. I'd do anything for you... but things will never be the way they were before.\\
'''Dean:''' They could be.\\
'''Sam:''' I don't want them to be. I'm not going to live this life forever. Dean, when this is all over, you're going to have to let me go my own way.
** In the Season 5 episode "Sympathy for the Devil", Dean readily forgives Sam for (inadvertently) freeing Lucifer, but [[IncestSubtext remains righteously angry at Sam because Sam chose his demon lover Ruby over Dean]] . . . as a [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow hunting partner.]]
* ''[[Series/That70sShow That 70's Show]]'' does this many times, but one particularly noteworthy example is in "Hyde Quits the Circle." In said episode, the eponymous Hyde stops smoking weed and becomes an energetic health nut. It culminates in an intervention (in which the [[PlayedStraight characters are]] [[SeriousBusiness dead serious]]) including such lines as, "You have a problem with drugs," and "I see now that I've been using sobriety as a crutch."
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'':
** One episode treated Dick's obsession with collecting a brand of plush animals curiously similar to Beanie Babies as a drinking addiction, culminating with an "intervention" from the other characters. Subverted at the end of the episode where Dick explains that he's given up on the collecting and taken up drinking instead.
** In another episode, Harry's insurance agent refuses to return his calls. Sally gives him some tips on how to "make a man call you". Eventually, he gets another agent, which plays out as OperationJealousy.
** In another episode, Sally encourages Harry to join her in playing with the time-space portal, saying "c'mon, let's do it -- you know you want to". They accidentally beam in another alien from the Home Planet and are forced to take care of him. Dick berates them, remarking "thirty seconds of pleasure and a whole lifetime of responsibility". The rest of this storyline involves Sally and Harry "parenting" the new alien, who quickly starts acting like a bratty child.
** Then there's the time when Dick, while rifling through Tommy's sock drawer, discovers plastic bags full of dried green plants and learns, to his shame and disgrace, that Tommy ''[[http://www.
youtube.com/watch?v=5kol3V2LXRE this clip]] on ''Nashville Now'', com/watch?v=B0zx_SDw-EM knows how to cook.]]''
--->'''Tommy:''' No, it's pot, I swear! I ... smoke
it sounds like K.T. Oslin's picking up Music/RebaMcEntire for with my friends.
* A ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode had Liz stressing out over
a [[HoYay lesbian encounter]].
* ''Series/LivAndMaddie'':
** Joey and Artie's building of bigger rockets in "Move-A-Rooney".
** When Maddie
co-op board failing to call her. This is played out as though it's about a date ignoring her. Eventually, she tells her Dad she no longer wants him them "You know what, I've moved on. I bought a whole bunch of apartments! I bought a black apartment."
* In ''Series/TheTick'' episode "Arthur, Interrupted", coming out
as her partner for a tag-team tournament, it sounds like superhero is described the same way as homosexuality, and later as a girl breaking up with her boyfriend. She drug addiction. They even says ItsNotYouItsMe.
stage an intervention.
* ''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'': In the season 2 finale, Bret and Jemaine are forced to move in with Mel and Doug after getting evicted. And their new found dynamic is similar to that of a family. Mel gives them curfew. Bret and Jemaine sneak out at night for band/musical rehearsal. ''Series/TrueBlood'':
**
There's even so much subtext about vampire rights that some might find the not-so-subtle parallels a bit tiresome. "God Hates Fangs"? Even vampire puns are still bad puns.
** Every feeding is a very obvious allusion to sex, culminating in one very particular episode. Both Bill and Eric were burned and needed healing. Follow, a frame of Sookie sitting between them, with a very meaningful expression on her face, while each vampire is sucking at a different wrist of hers.
* In ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' While Alaric is training Elena on how to kill a vampire after she is attacked and almost killed by a compelled Stefan, he mentions that her reason for this is because "Stefan hurt you, and you don't ever want that to happen again". This as well as a few other mentions of vampires "taking what they want without regard to anyone else" and "finding a reason to get out of bed in the morning" seems to compare his actions more to rape than a bite.
* [[http://youtu.be/Vomy3vscMN0 This]] water gun fight from Nickelodeon's ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' is... iffy.
* ''Series/WhateverHappenedToTheLikelyLads?'' features a man about to get married. His {{Heterosexual Life Partner|s}} then returns, feeling betrayed by his old friend, and very out-of-the-loop. His attitude towards his best friend's fiancée varies between amusement and outright resentment, and she also resents him, seeing him as a threat. The first series ends with the two men sleeping together on the wedding night.
* Wendy Rieger's method of measuring snowfall reminds us of [[BiggerIsBetterInBed something else]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEP9aU-ynm0#t=0m38s this newscast]].
** Hurricane Sandy also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndVOSjjWaOU reminds]] Wendy Rieger of her sex life.
* One episode of ''Series/WillAndGrace'' where they were arguing who should the homeless Karen stay with. They start acting like parents arguing in front of their kid.
-->'''Grace''': We're not supposed to argue of the D-R-U-N-K!
-->'''Karen''': May I have a martini now?
-->'''Both''': No!
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'':
** In ''Dollhouse'', Justin and Alex fight again. Then, she suddenly jumps, laughs like a little kid and hugs him tightly. The
conversation about Doug and Mel getting a divorce. Mel even tells Bret and Jemaine it isn't their fault, but Doug adds that it kind of is.
* In the coming-out episode of {{Ellen}}, the titular character is grappling with her feelings and basically tries to convince herself that she's straight by jumping on the cute guy she's been dating. The scene fades out as they fall onto the bed. But when it fades back in, they're lying there fully clothed, with a despondent Ellen saying, "I'm really sorry, I don't know what went wrong, this has never happened to me before", etc., while the guy interjects with "Is it something I did?, It's okay, it's very common", etc. Basically a GenderFlip of the countless scenes of some guy not being able to perform while his disappointed partner tries to reassure him.
* In Series/TheRefugees, the way the people from the future are treated is a lot
goes like real life refugees are treated: unwanted, kept in camps, taken advantage of... and some of the present people start to develop fascist-like behavior towards them, such as blaming them for everything that is going wrong or for crimes they are innocent of.
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'': In "Sakizuke"
this:
-->'''Alex:''' There you go,
there's a scene the fight I was looking for! ''(pause)'' Now you feel better? ''(she hugs him)''\\
'''Justin:''' ''(annoyed)'' Hm... Fine. ''(he tightens the hug)''\\
'''Alex:''' Ow... Justin... ''[[InnocentInnuendo You're hurting me]]''.\\
'''Justin:''' Hmmm... Yeah... ''(he releases her)'' [[DoubleEntendre I do feel better now, thank you.]]
** And she ''smiles'' after that.
** Alex's painting
that implies an AttemptedRape scene where Dr. Du Maurier comes to Hannibal's house to tell him she won't be his therapist anymore. The body language and chemistry between resembled the actors is almost unbearably tense, and you have no idea what's going to happen. With every step Hannibal takes, Du Maurier takes one back, her fear clearly showing through her feigned stoicism. He visibly notices the first time this happens, and then keeps doing it anyway. Plus, he openly smirks when she discusses how their backstory would be just as incriminating for her.
** Hannibal shoves a long, thin object down Will's throat to force him to do something against his will, for which he will be blamed afterwards. Will even has a traumatic flashback to it later, which makes it seem extremely similar to a situation
symbol of RapeAsDrama.
** Will's methods for dealing
anarchism in "Paint by Committee", Justin playing with Hannibal in his wand under the second season are essentially seduction. "You gotta make [a fish not interested sheets in the bait] bite, even though he's not hungry. [...] You have TheMovie, Alex asking Justin to create a reality where only you give her his wand and the fish exist. Your lure is the one thing he wants, despite everything he knows." He in turn plays up his vulnerability and his twistedness to appeal to Hannibal and keep him interested.many more.
** "Tome-wan" confirms this: Will * In an episode of ''{{Series/Workaholics}}'', the guys switch drug dealers, and Jack openly discuss capturing Hannibal, and Will reassures Jack when their usual dealer Karl finds them smoking weed that he's "a pretty good fisherman".isn't his, the conversation plays out like a confession of cheating. "It was just one time. It didn't mean anything."
* The ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "Kindred Spirits" plays up the HoYay by portraying Xena and Gabrielle as a couple whose marriage is on the rocks because of family vs. career.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''. Agent Dana Scully getting a tattoo in "Never Again" is definitely played this way, from the expectant, hungry look of the man with her, to the gasps and expressions Scully makes. They then go back to his apartment and have sex for real. Or do they? We never see them in the action and she wakes up on his couch in her dress...
* During the Invasion storyline, Alliance member Torrie Wilson began dating WWF (and Japanese) wrestler Tajiri. Announcer Paul Heyman regularly mentioned how he didn't approve of such "interpromotional relationships".



* In ''Series/Deutschland83'', Alexander Edel makes a passionate rant at his father at how he is going to end up destroying Germany, finally calling him a Nazi. His body language, his shouting and the way his hair is makes him look like UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler himself.
* In an episode of ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'', the Ku Klux Klan is terrorizing TokenMinorityCouple Grace and Robert E. In one scene, a group of them surround Grace and hold her down while they cut her hair as she sobs hysterically. The scene is very reminiscent of a rape, especially when you remember that black women frequently suffered this ordeal at the hands of white men during this period in time.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Murdoch quite frequently solves crimes by using the limited resources of his time to get at a primitive version of a contemporary technology that would be quite familiar to the audience. Other conversations address some of the unforeseen consequences of new technologies. There's even at least one plot that strongly recalls what for the audience is a series of historic events. Some examples include:
** Murdoch and Nikola Tesla collaborate on a portable audio broadcasting unit to record a criminal conversation (in essence, a wireless wiretap) in "Power". In one of their conversations, Tesla suggests moving images could also be sent over the air, and when Murdoch says such a thing would be a "telekinetiscope", Tesla replies that the word is too long and suggests "television" instead.
** Murdoch comes up with a number of portable light sources, including one that shines UV light (helpful for detecting blood evidence) and bicycle lamps powered by the cyclist's pedaling.
** Murdoch explains chemiluminescence to his boss Inspector Brackenreid and concocts an early version of luminol.
** Early efforts to obtain ballistics evidence involve firing guns into a full rain barrel and comparing bullets. Later in the series, Murdoch seems to have learned that the water could deform a bullet, so he fires weapons into soft materials (suspended sandbags backed by hay bales) to obtain bullets for comparison.
** After doing some reading on Mongol warriors and silk, Murdoch designs a bulletproof vest. He later sends Crabtree to his tailor to have one made to fit him, which the constable wears in "Big Murderer on Campus" and "Murdoch on the Corner".
** In one episode, the evidence is underwater in Lake Ontario, so Murdoch essentially invents a rudimentary version of sonar to find it.
** The episode "Murdoch.com" revolves around women being lured to their deaths by a sexual predator... on the telegraph lines.
** Crabtree's line: "Why, it's like a spiderweb!... It could even be world-wide!"
** There is a "digitized" and "faxed" photograph Murdoch and his Surete colleague obtain via telegraph in "Monsieur Murdoch".
** Among the inventions mentioned in the episode "Invention Convention" are an analytical engine (a precursor to modern computers), a machine specifically for sending email (they call it "i-mail"), and sound-activated switches. [[LampshadeHanging Crabtree even notes the ease of turning off lights by clapping his hands!]]
** In "Journey to the Center of Toronto", Murdoch builds and sets up a series of small seismographs to help the men of Station 4 track an underground boring machine used in a series of thefts.
** After some curious metal filings are found on a corpse and at a crime scene, Murdoch hits the books and fabricates a silencer in "The Black Hand". Crabtree [[LampshadeHanging hangs the lampshade by suggesting "muffler" and "silencer" as names for the item]].
** "Back and to the Left" starts with two government officials in an open-air vehicle when there's gunfire and one of them dies from a gunshot wound to the head. The entire event is photographed and filmed. It soon appears at least one shot came from an upstairs window of a nearby warehouse. A man is identified in the papers as the shooter and is shortly thereafter killed. Murdoch and Dr. Ogden go over the evidence and find the evidence of the bullet trajectory doesn't line up, the phrase "magic bullet" is used, and they conclude there was a second shooter. Sounds rather like the assassination of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, doesn't it?
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', the Velocity drug is very addicting and Eliza Harmon becomes hooked on it, consistently desperate for another fix.
** Barry is tempted to use Velocity to go faster and it's portrayed as a hard-working athlete who is on the losing end against his competitors who use performance enhancing drug.
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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'''s "The Return," Sidney - the former editor of Storybrooke's newspaper ''The Storybrooke Daily Mirror'' - is exposed as a liar and as the one who wiretapped Emma's office. Two words: [[BritishNewspapers Piers. Morgan.]]

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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'''s "The Return," Sidney - the former editor of Storybrooke's newspaper ''The Storybrooke Daily Mirror'' - is exposed as a liar and as the one who wiretapped Emma's office. Two words: [[BritishNewspapers [[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Piers. Morgan.]]
12th Jan '17 12:58:02 PM gb00393
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-->'''Henry:'''
''(beat)'' No.

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-->'''Henry:'''
-->'''Henry:''' ''(beat)'' No.
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Littlefinger's monologue in "You Win Or You Die" is straight-up instructions to his whores on the surface, but doubles as a description of his FalseFriend relationship with Ned.
--> '''Littlefinger:''' "They know what you are. They know it's all just an act. Your job is to make them forget what they know, and that takes time. You need to ease into it [...] He knows he's better than other men; he's always known it, deep down inside. Now he has proof. He's so good he's reaching something deep inside of you that no one even knew was there, overcoming your very nature..."
** The Hound's captors "accidentally" smack his head on the wagon they are loading him into.
** A once powerful figure who resents a loss of importance and influence to ambitious upstarts manipulates a mass of zealots into becoming a private army of enforcers. These zealots upend society and throw aside the usual political intrigue in favor of brute force on behalf of their patron, but become increasingly difficult to control. The above could be describing Cersei and the Faith Militant in Season 5 or China in the 1960s.



-->'''Henry:''' ''(beat)'' No.

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-->'''Henry:''' -->'''Henry:'''
''(beat)'' No.
14th Sep '16 3:41:23 PM MarkLungo
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* On ''Sunrise On 7'', Edwina Barthowlmew [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m83m6GlRmcc#t=1m52s sees the resemblance]] between [[WaterPolo men's water polo]] and [[GuyOnGuyIsHot gay sex]].

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* On ''Sunrise On 7'', Edwina Barthowlmew [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m83m6GlRmcc#t=1m52s sees the resemblance]] between [[WaterPolo [[UsefulNotes/WaterPolo men's water polo]] and [[GuyOnGuyIsHot gay sex]].
21st Jul '16 6:38:12 PM TheCuza
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** Dexter's serial killing has been compared to cheating on his girlfriend, drug addiction and being a closeted gay man. The last one is HilariousInHindsight if you've seen ''Series/SixFeetUnder''.

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** Dexter's serial killing has been compared to mistaken for cheating on his girlfriend, drug addiction addiction, and being a closeted gay man.man. [[SureLetsGoWithThat Dexter is usually pretty happy to roll with it]]. The last one is HilariousInHindsight if you've seen ''Series/SixFeetUnder''.
21st Jul '16 6:34:56 PM TheCuza
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** An episode where Kramer's shower breaks forces him to not bathe for days. His constant scratching and his desperate need for a new shower head makes him look and sound like a junkie. His dilemma makes Elaine's situation at work (she is mistaken for a drug dealer) a lot worse.

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** An episode where Kramer's shower breaks forces him to not bathe for days. His constant scratching and his desperate need for a new shower head makes him look and sound like a junkie. His dilemma makes Elaine's situation at work (she is mistaken for a drug dealer) addict) a lot worse.



** One episode has Elaine dating a man she really likes, only to be disappointed when she finds out he has pro-life views. [[TwoLinesnoWaiting In the same episode]], Kramer teams up with Italian restaurant owner Poppy to open a pizzeria where customers make their pizza themselves, and the two have the following argument over pizza toppings:

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** One episode has Elaine dating a man she really likes, only to be disappointed when she finds out he has pro-life views. [[TwoLinesnoWaiting [[TwoLinesNoWaiting In the same episode]], Kramer teams up with Italian restaurant owner Poppy to open a pizzeria where customers make their pizza themselves, and the two have the following argument over pizza toppings:
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