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3rd Jul '16 2:32:55 PM lavendermintrose
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* Inverted in ''Anime/{{K}}: Countdown'', a manga that takes place between the movie and season 2, where Munakata invites Awashima and Fushimi to his family's home for dinner. It's ''very'' awkward, but in the end, the two of them come to understand him better and bridge that gap.
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19th May '16 12:44:42 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Done on an episode of ''RockosModernLife'', but not with any of the main characters. Instead, it played out with parasites living on Spunky, whose lives spoofed old sitcoms.

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* Done on an episode of ''RockosModernLife'', ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', but not with any of the main characters. Instead, it played out with parasites living on Spunky, whose lives spoofed old sitcoms.
19th May '16 4:51:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* Occasionally happens in ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}''.

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* Occasionally happens in ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}''.



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* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' mentions one of these, but it's never actually shown.

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* The JudyBlume novel ''[[Literature/{{Fudge}} Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing]]'' has this, only rather than the boss, it's a client at an advertising agency. The defiant kid brother, Fudge, causes trouble when the client visits, and it's implied that the agency lost the account because of this. The connection is made more direct in the TV adaptation, ''Superfudge''.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Mr. Dursley's potential client and his wife come over to discuss a promotion over dinner. When Harry retires to his bedroom, Dobby the house elf appears and begs Harry not to return to Hogwarts. When he refuses, the house elf levitates a cake over the boss's wife's head and drops it.

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* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' mentions one of these, but it's never actually shown.

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* The JudyBlume novel ''[[Literature/{{Fudge}} Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing]]'' has this, only rather than the boss, it's a client at an advertising agency. The defiant kid brother, Fudge, causes trouble when the client visits, and it's implied that the agency lost the account because of this. The connection is made more direct in the TV adaptation, ''Superfudge''.
''Superfudge''.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Mr. Dursley's potential client and his wife come over to discuss a promotion over dinner. When Harry retires to his bedroom, Dobby the house elf appears and begs Harry not to return to Hogwarts. When he refuses, the house elf levitates a cake over the boss's wife's head and drops it.



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* ''Series/HeilHoneyImHome'', the infamous sitcom which had UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and Eve Braun as the main characters (seriously) used a similar set up in its opening episode. The person coming to dinner was Neville Chamberlain rather than a boss, but it's treated exactly the same way.

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* ''Series/HeilHoneyImHome'', the infamous sitcom which had UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and Eve Braun as the main characters (seriously) used a similar set up in its opening episode. The person coming to dinner was Neville Chamberlain rather than a boss, but it's treated exactly the same way.



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* The whole plot of Alan Ayckburn's ''How the Other Half Loves'' centers on two dinner visits by the same boss to his two employees on subsequent evenings - acted out simultaneously on stage.

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* The whole plot of Alan Ayckburn's ''How the Other Half Loves'' centers on two dinner visits by the same boss to his two employees on subsequent evenings - acted out simultaneously on stage.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Mr. Burns does this in "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" as part of his political campaign.
** Also [[ParodiedTrope parodied]] in "The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase", where the family consists of beavers and the boss is a skunk (played by Tim Conway).
** In the episode "Twenty-Two Short Films About Springfield," there's a segment about Principal Skinner having Superintendent Chalmers over for dinner.
** One more Simpsons example: In "Behind the Laughter", this was the plot of the pilot Homer shot. Bart played the boss.
* Mr. Spacely does this in the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Peter invites Mr. Weed, the owner of the toy company he works at, over for dinner. Weed chokes on a dinner roll (catapulted from Brian's mouth after Brian chokes & Peter gives him the Heimlich maneuver) and dies.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Mr. Burns does this in "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" as part of his political campaign.
campaign.
** Also [[ParodiedTrope parodied]] in "The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase", where the family consists of beavers and the boss is a skunk (played by Tim Conway).
Conway).
** In the episode "Twenty-Two Short Films About Springfield," there's a segment about Principal Skinner having Superintendent Chalmers over for dinner.
dinner.
** One more Simpsons example: In "Behind the Laughter", this was the plot of the pilot Homer shot. Bart played the boss.
boss.
* Mr. Spacely does this in the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''.
''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Peter invites Mr. Weed, the owner of the toy company he works at, over for dinner. Weed chokes on a dinner roll (catapulted from Brian's mouth after Brian chokes & Peter gives him the Heimlich maneuver) and dies.



* WesternAnimation/KimPossible's father has the board of directors of his lab over for dinner in one episode... right after Kim is hit by a [[TruthSerum Truth Ray]] that causes her to blurt out all the unflattering things her dad says about them (one has [[DodgyToupee a bad hairpiece]], one is a [[TheBore crashing bore]], and one is [[InsufferableGenius an annoying know-it-all]]). Kim's dad is clearly in hot water with his bosses, until the board ''chairwoman'' arrives and turns out to be the KidnappedScientist Kim had rescued at the beginning of the episode. The three suck-up when the chairwoman praises the Possible family.

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* WesternAnimation/KimPossible's father has the board of directors of his lab over for dinner in one episode... right after Kim is hit by a [[TruthSerum Truth Ray]] that causes her to blurt out all the unflattering things her dad says about them (one has [[DodgyToupee a bad hairpiece]], one is a [[TheBore crashing bore]], and one is [[InsufferableGenius an annoying know-it-all]]). Kim's dad is clearly in hot water with his bosses, until the board ''chairwoman'' arrives and turns out to be the KidnappedScientist Kim had rescued at the beginning of the episode. The three suck-up when the chairwoman praises the Possible family.

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21st Jan '16 10:47:17 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The ''Podcast/ThrillingAdventureHour'' episode "Quick! Change!" has Jib Janeen stressing over dinner with his boss in a parody of ''Series/FullHouse'' with Jib Janeen, his three kiddos, cool uncle Johnny, and charismatic pal Jeffy. The twist is that Jib Janeen is from Jupiter, and Jovians are natural shapeshifters and spies. In order to be considered for a plum spying account the Janeens are instructed to have the kids impersonate the parents and parents the kids while shapeshifted with red and white stripes.

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* The ''Podcast/ThrillingAdventureHour'' ''Podcast/TheThrillingAdventureHour'' episode "Quick! Change!" has Jib Janeen stressing over dinner with his boss in a parody of ''Series/FullHouse'' with Jib Janeen, his three kiddos, cool uncle Johnny, and charismatic pal Jeffy. The twist is that Jib Janeen is from Jupiter, and Jovians are natural shapeshifters and spies. In order to be considered for a plum spying account the Janeens are instructed to have the kids impersonate the parents and parents the kids while shapeshifted with red and white stripes.
5th Dec '15 9:11:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* Done of course on ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}''. In 'Power Erupts', WESAYSO exec, Earl's boss Mr. Richfield invites the Sinclaire family to dinner at a fancy restaurant in order to convince Robbie to sell his volcano-powered generator designs...after WESAYSO has discredited the idea with some mass-media mudslinging.
** When Earl was made EmployeeOfTheMonth, Mr. Richfield said he'd invite Earl and his family to dinner at his place but, since he was doing some alterations in the bathroom (or so he said), he invited himself to diner at Earl's place. With an overinflated ego, Earl had his family ready for this and even invited his [[ObnoxiousInLaws mother-in-law]] to rub it in her face. Richfield didn't show up.

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* Done of course on ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}''. ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'':
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In 'Power Erupts', WESAYSO exec, Earl's boss Mr. Richfield invites the Sinclaire family to dinner at a fancy restaurant in order to convince Robbie to sell his volcano-powered generator designs...after WESAYSO has discredited the idea with some mass-media mudslinging.
** When Earl was made EmployeeOfTheMonth, employee of the month, Mr. Richfield said he'd invite Earl and his family to dinner at his place but, since he was doing some alterations in the bathroom (or so he said), he invited himself to diner at Earl's place. With an overinflated ego, Earl had his family ready for this and even invited his [[ObnoxiousInLaws mother-in-law]] to rub it in her face. Richfield didn't show up.
10th Oct '15 8:09:09 PM sgamer82
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* The ''Podcast/ThrillingAdventureHour'' episode "Quick! Change!" has Jib Janeen stressing over dinner with his boss in a parody of ''Series/FullHouse'' with Jib Janeen, his three kiddos, cool uncle Johnny, and charismatic pal Jeffy. The twist is that Jib Janeen is from Jupiter, and Jovians are natural shapeshifters and spies. In order to be considered for a plum spying account the Janeens are instructed to have the kids impersonate the parents and parents the kids while shapeshifted with red and white stripes.
23rd Aug '15 9:07:11 PM StrixObscuro
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* ''MonicasGang'': Maggy's Dad's boss once had dinner with her family and she was told to control herself. [[BigEater Easier said than done]]. [[spoiler:Maggy's Dad was afraid he'd be punished but instead his boss gave him a raise so he'd be able to support her]].

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* ''MonicasGang'': ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'': Maggy's Dad's boss once had dinner with her family and she was told to control herself. [[BigEater Easier said than done]]. [[spoiler:Maggy's Dad was afraid he'd be punished but instead his boss gave him a raise so he'd be able to support her]].
* The "Dead-End Kids" arc of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' opens with the team having dinner with ComicBook/TheKingpin, who's hired them to steal something on behalf of a third party.
11th Jul '15 5:45:36 AM kchishol
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A standard {{sitcom}} plot in which the (AlwaysMale) main character's boss comes to their home for dinner. Naturally, they'll panic when they learn of it and nervously prepare throughout the episode. Expect [[HilarityEnsues hilarity to ensue]] when the boss finally comes.

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A standard {{sitcom}} plot in which the (AlwaysMale) main character's boss comes to their home for dinner. Naturally, they'll panic when they learn of it and nervously prepare throughout the episode. Expect [[HilarityEnsues hilarity to ensue]] when the boss finally comes.comes, if there is GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity and the boss is malicious enough to fire someone just because a dinner ocassion went awry.
27th Mar '15 8:26:50 AM Roach
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* The whole plot of Alan Ayckburn's ''How the Other Half Loves'' centers on two dinner visits by the same boss to his two employees on subsequent evenings - acted out simultaneously on stage.
24th Jan '15 6:12:18 PM Prfnoff
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* ''HeilHoneyImHome'', the infamous sitcom which had UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and Eve Braun as the main characters (seriously) used a similar set up in its opening episode. The person coming to dinner was Neville Chamberlain rather than a boss, but it's treated exactly the same way.

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* ''HeilHoneyImHome'', ''Series/HeilHoneyImHome'', the infamous sitcom which had UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and Eve Braun as the main characters (seriously) used a similar set up in its opening episode. The person coming to dinner was Neville Chamberlain rather than a boss, but it's treated exactly the same way.



* Often happens in ''ThreesCompany''.

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* Often happens in ''ThreesCompany''.''Series/ThreesCompany''.



* Happens on ''FamilyMatters'' when Harriet's boss Nick is invited to play poker with Carl and his friends.

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* Happens on ''FamilyMatters'' ''Series/FamilyMatters'' when Harriet's boss Nick is invited to play poker with Carl and his friends.



* Inverted on ''{{Friends}}'' - Chandler's boss has him and Monica over to ''his'' home for dinner.
* ''MyFamily'' imported Susan's clueless American boss - who stayed the night and then [[spoiler:died in the Harper couple's bed]].

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* Inverted on ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' - Chandler's boss has him and Monica over to ''his'' home for dinner.
* ''MyFamily'' ''Series/MyFamily'' imported Susan's clueless American boss - who stayed the night and then [[spoiler:died in the Harper couple's bed]].



* Happened on ''Hi Honey, I'm Home!'', Nick-at-Nite's short-lived sitcom that parodied classic shows and tropes. The boss turns out to be Mr. Mooney from ''The Lucy Show'', played by Gale Gordon.

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* Happened on ''Hi Honey, I'm Home!'', Nick-at-Nite's short-lived sitcom that parodied classic shows and tropes. The boss turns out to be Mr. Mooney from ''The Lucy Show'', ''Series/TheLucyShow'', played by Gale Gordon.
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