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8th May '17 5:51:59 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E12TopDuck Top Duck]]": The ordinarily relaxed Launchpad [[WellDoneSonGuy becomes absolutely desperate to have some way to show off for his parents]] when he hears they're coming into town, which might suggest they're super-critical...but it turns out they're already quite proud of their son, who has spent years freaking out unnecessarily.
20th Jan '17 11:04:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* An episode of ''KappaMikey'' uses a distant permutation of this.. Mikey lies to a reporter about his life in Tokyo, then forces his castmates into an elaborate ruse to fool his parents when they come to visit after reading the article, making them cancel a vacation at the beach for a visit that, ultimately, never comes: killer bees force the airport to close, and Mikey then decides, rather than coming clean, to go find stand-ins for his parents and fake the visit. Needless to say, everything falls apart in utterly ridiculous ways.

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* An episode of ''KappaMikey'' ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'' uses a distant permutation of this.. Mikey lies to a reporter about his life in Tokyo, then forces his castmates into an elaborate ruse to fool his parents when they come to visit after reading the article, making them cancel a vacation at the beach for a visit that, ultimately, never comes: killer bees force the airport to close, and Mikey then decides, rather than coming clean, to go find stand-ins for his parents and fake the visit. Needless to say, everything falls apart in utterly ridiculous ways.
20th Jan '17 11:03:53 AM Morgenthaler
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--> '''Barney:''' If you were just gonna be some lame suburban dad� [[CallingTheOldManOut why couldn't you have been that for me?!]]

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--> '''Barney:''' If you were just gonna be some lame suburban dad� dad... [[CallingTheOldManOut why couldn't you have been that for me?!]]
20th Jan '17 11:03:28 AM Morgenthaler
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6th Oct '16 7:51:36 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Everworld}},'' [[MagnificentBitch Senna]] goes to meet her mother in Everworld-Egypt fully expecting her to be an all-powerful witch who may well choose to smack the crap out of her. Instead she discovers that her mother is little more than a sycophantic servant of [[StrawFeminist the Amazons]] and nowhere near the intelligent villainess that her daughter grew up to be. If anything, Senna seems angry that [[ParentalAbandonment she was abandoned]] for a life that wound up being so pointless.

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* In ''{{Everworld}},'' ''Literature/{{Everworld}},'' [[MagnificentBitch Senna]] goes to meet her mother in Everworld-Egypt fully expecting her to be an all-powerful witch who may well choose to smack the crap out of her. Instead she discovers that her mother is little more than a sycophantic servant of [[StrawFeminist the Amazons]] and nowhere near the intelligent villainess that her daughter grew up to be. If anything, Senna seems angry that [[ParentalAbandonment she was abandoned]] for a life that wound up being so pointless.
4th Apr '16 11:02:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* There was a version of this in ''WillAndGrace'' where Jack envisioned his stepdad as cold, unloving, and ubermacho. When the gang visited him, he was a friendly guy who got along very well with Jack's son.

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* There was a version of this in ''WillAndGrace'' ''Series/WillAndGrace'' where Jack envisioned his stepdad as cold, unloving, and ubermacho. When the gang visited him, he was a friendly guy who got along very well with Jack's son.



* On ''{{Spaced}}'', Brian's mother visits and he spends the whole episode pretending to be a lawyer, only to discover that she'd always wished he was an artist. Then he gets to reveal to her that he actually is!
* In an episode of ''TheMonkees'', Davy's grandfather is flying in from England for a visit, under the impression that Davy is a big star. Panicked, Davy convinces the rest of the band to pose as his chauffer, houseboy, and personal chef to keep up appearances. Of course, given what show we're talking about, it fails, but the grandfather allows him to stay (rather than taking him back to England) because he has "such loyal friends".

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* On ''{{Spaced}}'', ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', Brian's mother visits and he spends the whole episode pretending to be a lawyer, only to discover that she'd always wished he was an artist. Then he gets to reveal to her that he actually is!
* In an episode of ''TheMonkees'', ''Series/TheMonkees'', Davy's grandfather is flying in from England for a visit, under the impression that Davy is a big star. Panicked, Davy convinces the rest of the band to pose as his chauffer, houseboy, and personal chef to keep up appearances. Of course, given what show we're talking about, it fails, but the grandfather allows him to stay (rather than taking him back to England) because he has "such loyal friends".
10th Mar '16 1:47:45 PM Willbyr
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* ''KeroroGunsou'''s father causes quite a scramble, until he leaves much sooner than expected when the weather doesn't agree with him.

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* ''KeroroGunsou'''s ''Manga/SgtFrog'''s father causes quite a scramble, until he leaves much sooner than expected when the weather doesn't agree with him.



* In ''FruitsBasket'', so many people in the Honda family were against Katsuya and Kyoko's marriage that Kyoko wound up psyching herself up to think that Katsuya's father (who he used to be at odds with) would be the worst of the lot. He winds up being the only family member who happily approves of them, and eventually the only one willing to take in their daughter Tohru once both her parents have died.

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* In ''FruitsBasket'', so ''Manga/FruitsBasket''
** So
many people in the Honda family were against Katsuya and Kyoko's marriage that Kyoko wound up psyching herself up to think that Katsuya's father (who he used to be at odds with) would be the worst of the lot. He winds up being the only family member who happily approves of them, and eventually the only one willing to take in their daughter Tohru once both her parents have died.



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9th Jan '16 10:19:11 AM nombretomado
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* In ''SpongebobSquarepants'', Patrick Star is in a panic because his parents are due for a visit. Because they constantly belittle him for being an idiot, Spongebob volunteers to pretend to be even dumber than Pat. This works well until all three begin to ridicule Spongebob and he storms off. Only then do Patrick's "parents" realize that they're complete strangers: "Oh, that's right. We don't have a son!" Patrick's real parents arrive[[note]]delivered by Squidward as they were outside his place asking where Patrick is ''for several hours''[[/note]], and are just as stupid as their son, if not more so.

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* In ''SpongebobSquarepants'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', Patrick Star is in a panic because his parents are due for a visit. Because they constantly belittle him for being an idiot, Spongebob volunteers to pretend to be even dumber than Pat. This works well until all three begin to ridicule Spongebob and he storms off. Only then do Patrick's "parents" realize that they're complete strangers: "Oh, that's right. We don't have a son!" Patrick's real parents arrive[[note]]delivered by Squidward as they were outside his place asking where Patrick is ''for several hours''[[/note]], and are just as stupid as their son, if not more so.



* In an episode of ''{{Doug}}'', Judy has a boyfriend named Kyle, and her parents invite him over for dinner, but she's ashamed of her family. So she has them put on an elaborate play, with Doug as the butler, Phil as a struggling writer, and Theda as an anthropologist or something. It does not go well at all, and [[GirlOfTheWeek Kyle is never seen or mentioned again]] after that episode, implying that he and Judy broke up not long afterwards.

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* In an episode of ''{{Doug}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', Judy has a boyfriend named Kyle, and her parents invite him over for dinner, but she's ashamed of her family. So she has them put on an elaborate play, with Doug as the butler, Phil as a struggling writer, and Theda as an anthropologist or something. It does not go well at all, and [[GirlOfTheWeek Kyle is never seen or mentioned again]] after that episode, implying that he and Judy broke up not long afterwards.
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* [[SoapboxSadie Britta]] [[GranolaGirl Perry]] from ''Series/{{Community}}'' always described her parents as stifling and overbearing. When we get to meet them, we find out they've secretly been paying for her apartment for years, and they both get along well with all her friends. Turns out they've mellowed out over the years.



13th Nov '15 9:09:28 AM FF32
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* ''{{Blackadder}}'' has to impress his ultra-puritan Aunt and Uncle at a dinner party so he can earn his inheritance (a stunning feat considering his Aunt and Uncle consider things like chairs and mashed turnips "too decadent"). In the end, his uncle breaks his vow of silence and tells Edmund that he had a wonderful time. [[spoiler: Then everyone gets really drunk, including Queenie.]]

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* ''{{Blackadder}}'' ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' has to impress his ultra-puritan Aunt and Uncle at a dinner party so he can earn his inheritance (a stunning feat considering his Aunt and Uncle consider things like chairs and mashed turnips "too decadent"). In the end, his uncle breaks his vow of silence and tells Edmund that he had a wonderful time. [[spoiler: Then everyone gets really drunk, including Queenie.]]
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