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27th Jun '16 6:29:42 PM MsChibi
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* ''Series/RaisingHope'' contains an unusual variation, since both Burt and Virginia do work outside the home. Burt runs a lawn-and-pool-care business, and Virginia works for a maid service. Burt tells Virginia that her work isn't difficult because she doesn't have to make executive decisions or do corporate taxes like he does. This angers Virginia, so she challenges him to be "just an employee" (which he accepts when Barney offers to help with his taxes). In return, she decides to start a small business of her own to prove that she ''can'' run a business.
21st Mar '16 10:06:15 AM ObsidianFire
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Other times it's the opposite scenario: The moment every GenreSavvy husband dreads, his wife is leaving him. Well, not quite. Maybe she has a job, or maybe she's taking a much-needed vacation, but either way, that means he has to do.... (ScareChord) '''[[MenCantKeepHouse the housework]]'''. Perhaps he will protest. Or maybe he promises his wife that he's glad to help her out and let her get a rest. His friends might make jokes about him being emasculated. But, eventually, he will accept his fate. After all, he wants to be a good husband. So, he kisses his wife goodbye, she leaves, and then he prepares himself for his duty.

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Other times it's the opposite scenario: The moment every GenreSavvy husband dreads, his wife is leaving him. Well, not quite. Maybe she has a job, or maybe she's taking a much-needed vacation, but either way, that means he has to do.... (ScareChord) '''[[MenCantKeepHouse the housework]]'''. Perhaps he will protest. Or maybe he promises his wife that he's glad to help her out and let her get a rest. His friends might make jokes about him being emasculated. But, eventually, he will accept his fate. After all, he wants to be a good husband. So, he kisses his wife goodbye, she leaves, and then he prepares himself for his duty.
12th Dec '15 9:46:21 PM jboxingfool
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** Subverted on another episode, where the kids and the parents swap lives for a day. Chris does great at work and Meg has cleaned the house top to bottom and is relaxing before dinner.
-->'''Meg:''' ''(The house is) a finite area, I don't see why you have to be such a martyr about it''
20th Nov '15 8:15:32 AM JollyGlider87
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* Done in an episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', in which Brock is sick, leaving Ash and Misty to take care of all his usual chores, from cooking to polishing Onix.
** Happens again much later with Ash and Dawn (although this time Brock isn't sick, he left on an errand). They fared a little better, but when Pachirisu gets sick, they had to send for Staravia (and Gliscor) to fetch Brock faster.

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* Done in an episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': In ''Sick Daze'' in which Brock is sick, leaving forces Ash and Misty to take care of all his usual chores, from cooking to polishing Onix.
** Happens again much later in ''Doc Brock!'' with Ash and Dawn (although this time Brock isn't sick, he left on an errand). They fared a little better, but when Pachirisu gets sick, they had to send for Staravia (and Gliscor) to fetch Brock faster.
6th Nov '15 12:01:22 AM Doug86
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* The ''ComicBook/{{Archie}}'' Comics have done it a few times.

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* The ''ComicBook/{{Archie}}'' Comics ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' have done it a few times.



* The movie ''MrMom'', staring Michael Keaton.

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* The movie ''MrMom'', ''Film/MrMom'', staring Michael Keaton.



* Happened in ''TheSantaClause'' when the Christmas turkey at the beginning caught on fire. Repeatedly.

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* Happened in ''TheSantaClause'' ''Film/TheSantaClause'' when the Christmas turkey at the beginning caught on fire. Repeatedly.



* ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'': Ray chooses tissues everyone hates. And then sets the house on fire.
* ''TheKingOfQueens'': without Carrie, Doug degenerates into a complete slob and their house becomes a pigsty.
* Occurs in ''FatherTed'', though not with a married couple. The priest's housekeeper Mrs. Doyle goes on a night out for the first time ever, so Ted and Dougal try to make tea and end up setting each other on fire.
* ''BrainiacScienceAbuse'' has a segment "Appliance Abuse", where the BumblingDad left to look after the kids uses various household objects to do different household chores, like making salad with a paper shredder and an automatic pencil sharpener.
* ''ILoveLucy'' used this trope in the famous "chocolate factory" episode. Ricky kept on making iron marks on the clothes, made the nylon stockings into cardboard, and caused a huge mess in the kitchen.

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* ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'': ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'': Ray chooses tissues everyone hates. And then sets the house on fire.
* ''TheKingOfQueens'': ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'': without Carrie, Doug degenerates into a complete slob and their house becomes a pigsty.
* Occurs in ''FatherTed'', ''Series/FatherTed'', though not with a married couple. The priest's housekeeper Mrs. Doyle goes on a night out for the first time ever, so Ted and Dougal try to make tea and end up setting each other on fire.
* ''BrainiacScienceAbuse'' ''Series/BrainiacScienceAbuse'' has a segment "Appliance Abuse", where the BumblingDad left to look after the kids uses various household objects to do different household chores, like making salad with a paper shredder and an automatic pencil sharpener.
* ''ILoveLucy'' ''Series/ILoveLucy'' used this trope in the famous "chocolate factory" episode. Ricky kept on making iron marks on the clothes, made the nylon stockings into cardboard, and caused a huge mess in the kitchen.



* Being a [[TheFifties 1950s]] sitcom, ''TheAndyGriffithShow'' did this a couple times. It also subverted the trope once; when Aunt Bee goes out of town for a few days, Andy and Opie do ''too'' good a job as housekeepers, making her feel useless... until they trash the kitchen [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop so she can clean up after them and feel happy again.]]

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* Being a [[TheFifties 1950s]] sitcom, ''TheAndyGriffithShow'' ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' did this a couple times. It also subverted the trope once; when Aunt Bee goes out of town for a few days, Andy and Opie do ''too'' good a job as housekeepers, making her feel useless... until they trash the kitchen [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop so she can clean up after them and feel happy again.]]



* ''{{Outnumbered}}'' - episode 4.2
* On ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Sally and Harry decided to switch "jobs", Harry's "job" essentially being "do-nothing layabout". Harry ended up being a better housekeeper than Sally (which [[LethalChef doesn't say much]]) while Sally was driven crazy by having nothing to do. Eventually, she was begging for her old job back.

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* ''{{Outnumbered}}'' ''Series/{{Outnumbered}}'' - episode 4.2
* On ''ThirdRockFromTheSun'', ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', Sally and Harry decided to switch "jobs", Harry's "job" essentially being "do-nothing layabout". Harry ended up being a better housekeeper than Sally (which [[LethalChef doesn't say much]]) while Sally was driven crazy by having nothing to do. Eventually, she was begging for her old job back.



* Done a bunch of times in ''FoxTrot'' whenever the kids and dad are left to fend for themselves: the kitchen will inevitably be a disaster area, dinner will be inedible, and chaos will reign supreme. (Though the rest of the time, the mother's cooking is treated as pretty inedible too.) Sometimes, it gets so bad that the first level of the house ends up flooded as a result of Roger [[WalkingTechbane not knowing how to operate the dishwasher properly]]. In the same arc where he flooded the kitchen, its hinted that Andy does not trust Roger in maintaining the house, and also supplied her children with fire emergency exit maps of the house while Roger's taking care of it.
* The newspaper comic strip ''AndyCapp'' once featured the normally shiftless and lazy Andy agree (after some nagging) to take care of the dishes on his wife's behalf, while she put her feet up. Once he begins (and she's not watching), he carefully and deliberately drops a plate, and then bemoans its fate, cursing his own ineptitude. His wife tsks, hustles him out of the kitchen and sets about cleaning up. As he settles back into the sofa, he looks to the FourthWall and smirks. "Life's easy, if you show yer incompetent." A truly sublime {{Subversion}}.

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* Done a bunch of times in ''FoxTrot'' ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' whenever the kids and dad are left to fend for themselves: the kitchen will inevitably be a disaster area, dinner will be inedible, and chaos will reign supreme. (Though the rest of the time, the mother's cooking is treated as pretty inedible too.) Sometimes, it gets so bad that the first level of the house ends up flooded as a result of Roger [[WalkingTechbane not knowing how to operate the dishwasher properly]]. In the same arc where he flooded the kitchen, its hinted that Andy does not trust Roger in maintaining the house, and also supplied her children with fire emergency exit maps of the house while Roger's taking care of it.
* The newspaper comic strip ''AndyCapp'' ''ComicStrip/AndyCapp'' once featured the normally shiftless and lazy Andy agree (after some nagging) to take care of the dishes on his wife's behalf, while she put her feet up. Once he begins (and she's not watching), he carefully and deliberately drops a plate, and then bemoans its fate, cursing his own ineptitude. His wife tsks, hustles him out of the kitchen and sets about cleaning up. As he settles back into the sofa, he looks to the FourthWall and smirks. "Life's easy, if you show yer incompetent." A truly sublime {{Subversion}}.



* Batman had to take care of the Manor and his sons while his butler is sick in Mr. Bat-Mom in Webcomic/BatmanAndSons.

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* Batman had to take care of the Manor and his sons while his butler is sick in Mr. Bat-Mom in Webcomic/BatmanAndSons.''Webcomic/BatmanAndSons''.



* The Mother's Day episode of WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory had this to an extent. In an example, Dexter's dad, as well as him and Deedee were happy to do it to give her the day off. Unfortunately, they were so horribly inept at it that the only thing stopping Dexter's mom from intervening is the fact that she doesn't have her gloves, and she's a massive germaphobe without them.

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* The Mother's Day episode of WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had this to an extent. In an example, Dexter's dad, as well as him and Deedee were happy to do it to give her the day off. Unfortunately, they were so horribly inept at it that the only thing stopping Dexter's mom from intervening is the fact that she doesn't have her gloves, and she's a massive germaphobe without them.
2nd Oct '15 3:59:35 PM nombretomado
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* In one {{Oz}} book, the Emerald City is conquered by an army of girls. As a result, men and women switch jobs. Apparently, the men cannot stand all the hard housework... and the women cannot stand their husbands' cooking.

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* In one {{Oz}} [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz]] book, the Emerald City is conquered by an army of girls. As a result, men and women switch jobs. Apparently, the men cannot stand all the hard housework... and the women cannot stand their husbands' cooking.
25th Sep '15 5:12:09 AM BagonsBeBagons
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** Happens again much later with Ash and Dawn (although this time Brock isn't sick, he left on an errand). They fared a little better, but when Pachirisu gets sick, they had to send for Staravia (and Gliscor) to fetch Brock faster.
9th Sep '15 3:57:08 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Archie}}'' Comics have done it a few times.
* Back in TheEighties, Swedish comic ''{{Bamse}}'' had one story in which the titular character swapped jobs with his wife (who at the time was a stay-at-home housewife with three children) for a day. Naturally, he made a complete mess of things though some of it was because one of the kids unexpectedly got sick and needed extra care. However, at the end of the day, he suggested to his wife that they occasionally swap jobs so that she could get out of the house more -- and in later stories his housekeeping skills had improved drastically.

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* The ''{{Archie}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Archie}}'' Comics have done it a few times.
* Back in TheEighties, Swedish comic ''{{Bamse}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Bamse}}'' had one story in which the titular character swapped jobs with his wife (who at the time was a stay-at-home housewife with three children) for a day. Naturally, he made a complete mess of things though some of it was because one of the kids unexpectedly got sick and needed extra care. However, at the end of the day, he suggested to his wife that they occasionally swap jobs so that she could get out of the house more -- and in later stories his housekeeping skills had improved drastically.
28th Aug '15 6:41:59 PM Adept
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* Brad from ''{{Sorcery 101}}'' managed to wreck the kitchen when he cooked while his wife was away despite her warning not to.
* Batman had to take care of the Manor and his sons while his butler is sick in Mr. Bat-Mom in BatmanAndSons.

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* Brad from ''{{Sorcery ''Webcomic/{{Sorcery 101}}'' managed to wreck the kitchen when he cooked while his wife was away despite her warning not to.
* Batman had to take care of the Manor and his sons while his butler is sick in Mr. Bat-Mom in BatmanAndSons.Webcomic/BatmanAndSons.



* The {{Goofy}} cartoon ''Father's Day Off''. By the time Mrs. Goof comes home, the house is a shambles, the bathtub is overflowing, the iron has burned through the floor, firemen are stomping through the halls, and the cops have come to investigate a murder (Goofy left the phone unhung and the operator overheard a radio show).

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* The {{Goofy}} WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} cartoon ''Father's Day Off''. By the time Mrs. Goof comes home, the house is a shambles, the bathtub is overflowing, the iron has burned through the floor, firemen are stomping through the halls, and the cops have come to investigate a murder (Goofy left the phone unhung and the operator overheard a radio show).



* There's a ''{{Flintstones}}'' episode which could be the template of this trope. Following a heated discussion about who works harder, Wilma takes over Fred's job at the quarry for one day- of course she's so inept (ie; continuously dumping the rocks in the wrong place, including on the boss) that she's told to go home. Meanwhile, Fred's frantic attempts to do a ''very'' long list of household chores soon reduces the place to shambles. At the day's end, the couple declare they never want to make that switch again.

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* There's a ''{{Flintstones}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Flintstones}}'' episode which could be the template of this trope. Following a heated discussion about who works harder, Wilma takes over Fred's job at the quarry for one day- of course she's so inept (ie; continuously dumping the rocks in the wrong place, including on the boss) that she's told to go home. Meanwhile, Fred's frantic attempts to do a ''very'' long list of household chores soon reduces the place to shambles. At the day's end, the couple declare they never want to make that switch again.



* [[JohnnyTest Johnny and Hugh]] Test (a stay at home dad) each believe the other has it easy. [[MadScientist Susan and Mary]] switch [[FreakyFridayFlip their brains]] for a day. Cue the school torment for Hugh, and the disgust (and explosions) for Johnny. At the end, Lila and Susan have the same argument. Cut to Lila-as-Susan running from [[StalkerWithACrush Bling]] [[AbhorrentAdmirer Bling Boy]], and Susan-as-Lila managing to ''explode'' cupcakes. Mary and Dukey were the only one with the sense not to try it.
* The ''DudleyDoRight'' short "Trading Places" has Dudley and Nell switching places. Dudley did all the housework while Nell became a more competent Mountie than Dudley ever was.

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* [[JohnnyTest [[WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest Johnny and Hugh]] Test (a stay at home dad) each believe the other has it easy. [[MadScientist Susan and Mary]] switch [[FreakyFridayFlip their brains]] for a day. Cue the school torment for Hugh, and the disgust (and explosions) for Johnny. At the end, Lila and Susan have the same argument. Cut to Lila-as-Susan running from [[StalkerWithACrush Bling]] [[AbhorrentAdmirer Bling Boy]], and Susan-as-Lila managing to ''explode'' cupcakes. Mary and Dukey were the only one with the sense not to try it.
* The ''DudleyDoRight'' ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'' short "Trading Places" has Dudley and Nell switching places. Dudley did all the housework while Nell became a more competent Mountie than Dudley ever was.
23rd Jun '15 3:55:07 PM nombretomado
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* Numerous occurrences on ''TheSimpsons''.

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* Numerous occurrences on ''TheSimpsons''.''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.



* ''{{Rugrats}}'' inverted it for Angelica's parents.
* Played with in ''KingOfTheHill'', where Peggy likes to think that no one can top her at maintaining a home, but she grows quite jealous of her son's homemaking skills when takes Home Ec.

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* ''{{Rugrats}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' inverted it for Angelica's parents.
* Played with in ''KingOfTheHill'', ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', where Peggy likes to think that no one can top her at maintaining a home, but she grows quite jealous of her son's homemaking skills when takes Home Ec.
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