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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''
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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.
30th Dec '15 1:04:47 PM TheUnknownUploader
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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.]]
9th Oct '15 2:45:27 PM nombretomado
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* In ''PercyJackson'', Percy naturally assumed from the way Annabeth talked about her father and stepmother that they treated her badly. When he came to visit her home, they were friendly and helpful.

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* In ''PercyJackson'', ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', Percy naturally assumed from the way Annabeth talked about her father and stepmother that they treated her badly. When he came to visit her home, they were friendly and helpful.
28th Jul '15 4:36:24 PM Prfnoff
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* ''TheBoysNextDoor'' has an example of this when Barry's father comes to visit. The father is really scary, actually, and only seems to bring out Barry's neuroses.

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* ''TheBoysNextDoor'' ''Theatre/TheBoysNextDoor'' has an example of this when Barry's father comes to visit. The father is really scary, actually, and only seems to bring out Barry's neuroses.



* Marena from ''KeychainOfCreation'' initially describes her mother as a manipulative EvilMatriarch. When Sonorous Aria actually shows up, though...

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* Marena from ''KeychainOfCreation'' ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' initially describes her mother as a manipulative EvilMatriarch. When Sonorous Aria actually shows up, though...
7th May '15 12:21:22 PM Paranoia
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---> '''Barney:''' If you were just gonna be some lame suburban dadů [[CallingTheOldManOut why couldn't you have been that for me?!]]

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---> --> '''Barney:''' If you were just gonna be some lame suburban dadů [[CallingTheOldManOut why couldn't you have been that for me?!]]
7th May '15 12:19:30 PM Paranoia
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** Jack's ''very straight'' son.
** Also on ''WillAndGrace'', Will was trying to protect his presumably gay nephew from criticism by this mother (the child's grandmother) over wanting to stage a play for the family. But the mother had mellowed, attributing it to the experience she had gained raising Will.

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** Jack's ''very straight'' son.
son. When Jack confronts him, the step-dad admits he really was all those things to Jack, but regrets it and is trying to make amends.
** Also on ''WillAndGrace'', Similarly in another episode dealing with grandparents treating the grandkids differently, Will was trying to protect his presumably gay nephew from criticism by this mother (the child's grandmother) over wanting to stage a play for the family. But the mother is totally cool with it and very encouraging. Because he got the exact opposite treatment growing up, Will feels offended until his mom explains that she had mellowed, attributing it to mellowed ''because'' of Will, and learned from her mistakes and the experience she had gained raising Will.



21st Apr '15 6:35:43 PM nombretomado
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* On ''{{Chuck}}'', Ellie spent the Thanksgiving episode stressing out over the arrival of the Awesomes (her fiance's parents), only to have them not show up at all. Then they show up in the next episode, where they mainly get on her nerves for taking over her wedding planning.

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* On ''{{Chuck}}'', ''{{Series/Chuck}}'', Ellie spent the Thanksgiving episode stressing out over the arrival of the Awesomes (her fiance's parents), only to have them not show up at all. Then they show up in the next episode, where they mainly get on her nerves for taking over her wedding planning.
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