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13th Mar '16 4:46:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* Averted on ''Series/TheWire''. Throughout seasons 1 and 2 Jimmy [=McNulty=] tries to reconcile with his wife while they're going through the divorce process and get them back together, and in one episode [[SexWithTheEx they do have a passionate one night stand]]. He makes the mistake of thinking they're back together but she insists that it was just a one time thing and they can never get back together because all the things that drove them apart, (especially [=McNulty's=] binge drinking, womanizing, and being MarriedToTheJob) haven't changed, and neither has the way he destroyed her trust by doing those things. They remain apart for the remainder of the series.

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* Averted Subverted on ''Series/TheWire''. Throughout seasons 1 and 2 Jimmy [=McNulty=] tries to reconcile with his wife while they're going through the divorce process and get them back together, and in one episode [[SexWithTheEx they do have a passionate one night stand]]. He makes the mistake of thinking they're back together but she insists that it was just a one time thing and they can never get back together because all the things that drove them apart, (especially [=McNulty's=] binge drinking, womanizing, and being MarriedToTheJob) haven't changed, and neither has the way he destroyed her trust by doing those things. They remain apart for the remainder of the series.
28th Jan '16 9:45:47 AM Eievie
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Of course, the plotline doesn't let them stay separate for long. Anything from their meddling kids to an ApocalypseHow will force them together again - by coincidence, happenstance, or old feelings simply being rekindled. Whatever it is, however messy the split-up was, it's all undone by the end of the story.

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Of course, the plotline doesn't let them stay separate for long. Anything from their meddling kids to an ApocalypseHow will force them together again - -- by coincidence, happenstance, or old feelings simply being rekindled. Whatever it is, however messy the split-up was, it's all undone by the end of the story.



* Averted in [[Literature/DearMrHenshaw Dear Mr. Henshaw]]. Even though Leigh desperately wants his parents to get back together, and there are still feelings on both sides of the spectrum, his mom refuses, because she knows it will only end the same way - that is, badly.

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* Averted in [[Literature/DearMrHenshaw Dear Mr. Henshaw]]. Even though Leigh desperately wants his parents to get back together, and there are still feelings on both sides of the spectrum, his mom refuses, because she knows it will only end the same way - -- that is, badly.



* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'': One of the premises of the Neil Simon comedy was that both male leads – Felix Unger and Oscar Madison – were divorced. While Oscar continued to have a stormy relationship with his ex, for Felix (at least in the TV adaptation), his divorce from ex-wife Gloria ''was'' temporary ... and the two were re-married in the series' finale, aptly titled "Felix Remarries."

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* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'': One of the premises of the Neil Simon comedy was that both male leads -- Felix Unger and Oscar Madison -- were divorced. While Oscar continued to have a stormy relationship with his ex, for Felix (at least in the TV adaptation), his divorce from ex-wife Gloria ''was'' temporary ... temporary… and the two were re-married in the series' finale, aptly titled "Felix Remarries."
16th Jan '16 1:43:36 AM KYCubbie
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* Also [[{{Subverted}} subverted]] with GeorgeCScott and Colleen Dewhurst, who divorced after being married for five years, remarried after two years of divorce, and re-divorced after another five years of marriage.

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* Also [[{{Subverted}} subverted]] with GeorgeCScott Creator/GeorgeCScott and Colleen Dewhurst, who divorced after being married for five years, remarried after two years of divorce, and re-divorced after another five years of marriage.



* Marie Osmond and Steve Craig

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* Marie Osmond and Steve CraigCraig.
16th Jan '16 1:39:42 AM KYCubbie
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* After they got divorced, Joe Di Maggio started seeing Creator/MarilynMonroe again, and was about to ask her to marry him again, but she died before that could happen.

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* After they got divorced, Joe Di Maggio [=DiMaggio=] started seeing Creator/MarilynMonroe again, and was about to ask her to marry him again, but she died before that could happen.



* John and Alicia Nash.

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* John [[Film/ABeautifulMind John]] and Alicia Nash.



* Jean-Claude Van Damme and Gladys Portugues

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* Jean-Claude Van Damme Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme and Gladys Portugues



* Eminem and Kim Scott had a baby, got married, got divorced, got remarried, and got re-divorced, in that order.

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* Eminem Music/{{Eminem}} and Kim Scott had a baby, got married, got divorced, got remarried, and got re-divorced, in that order.order.
* Marie Osmond and Steve Craig
9th Jan '16 11:45:43 PM LancelotG
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* In Tana French's ''Faithful Place'', Detective Frank Mackey's daughter Holly has yet to give up on the notion of her parents getting back together, despite the fact that Frank's ex-wife Olivia is seeing other people. [[spoiler:The book ends with them deciding to give it another go, though it's open-ended in that neither of them knows whether it will work.]]
23rd Dec '15 8:06:48 AM TheWanderer
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* Averted on ''Series/TheWire''. In a season 3 episode [=McNulty=] and his ex-wife have a passionate one night stand, the next morning he thinks they're back together but she insists that its just a one time thing and they never get back together for the remainder of the series.

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* Averted on ''Series/TheWire''. In a season 3 episode Throughout seasons 1 and 2 Jimmy [=McNulty=] tries to reconcile with his wife while they're going through the divorce process and his ex-wife get them back together, and in one episode [[SexWithTheEx they do have a passionate one night stand, stand]]. He makes the next morning he thinks mistake of thinking they're back together but she insists that its it was just a one time thing and they can never get back together because all the things that drove them apart, (especially [=McNulty's=] binge drinking, womanizing, and being MarriedToTheJob) haven't changed, and neither has the way he destroyed her trust by doing those things. They remain apart for the remainder of the series.
24th Nov '15 1:07:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* In both versions of ''TheParentTrap'', the twins actively invoke this.

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* In both versions of ''TheParentTrap'', ''Film/TheParentTrap'', the twins actively invoke this.



* ''WhatAGirlWants'' plays this with Libby and Henry. Apparently nearly twenty years of estrangement can be fixed with one magical evening at the ball. Justified in that the split was due to a lie of Henry's EvilMentor rather than any actual problems between the two, and once said mentor is out of the picture they can try again without his interference.

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* ''WhatAGirlWants'' ''Film/WhatAGirlWants'' plays this with Libby and Henry. Apparently nearly twenty years of estrangement can be fixed with one magical evening at the ball. Justified in that the split was due to a lie of Henry's EvilMentor rather than any actual problems between the two, and once said mentor is out of the picture they can try again without his interference.



* ''TroopBeverlyHills'' ends with Fred seeing Phyllis's dedication to the scout troop, and realized she was not so "flighty" after all.

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* ''TroopBeverlyHills'' ''Film/TroopBeverlyHills'' ends with Fred seeing Phyllis's dedication to the scout troop, and realized she was not so "flighty" after all.



* In ''[[Film/NationalTreasure National Treasure: Book of Secrets]]'', apparently all Ben's parents needed after ''thirty-two years'' of divorce and hating each other was one last treasure hunt adventure to reignite their spark.

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* In ''[[Film/NationalTreasure National Treasure: Book of Secrets]]'', ''Film/NationalTreasure2BookOfSecrets'', apparently all Ben's parents needed after ''thirty-two years'' of divorce and hating each other was one last treasure hunt adventure to reignite their spark.
28th Oct '15 3:05:46 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/{{Midnight 1939}}'' plays with this in true screwball form. Due to an elaborate lie, Eve pretends to be married to Tibor, but eventually needs a divorce. She is seconds away from divorce when the judge tells her she can't divorce an insane man.

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* ''Film/{{Midnight 1939}}'' plays with this in true screwball form. Due to an elaborate lie, Eve pretends to be married to Tibor, but eventually needs a divorce. She is seconds away from divorce when the She's divorced for about 10 minutes until judge tells her she can't divorce an finds out Tibor is insane man.
(he's only pretending to be crazy).
28th Oct '15 3:02:37 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/{{Midnight 1939}}'' plays with this in true screwball form. Due to an elaborate lie, Eve pretends to be married to Tibor, but eventually needs a divorce. She is seconds away from divorce when the judge tells her she can't divorce an insane man.
30th Sep '15 1:21:53 PM Morgenthaler
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* In [[MegLangslowMysteries ''Murder With Peacocks'']] Meg's mom and dad had "[[LoveWillLeadYouBack the world's most]] [[AmicableExes amiable]] [[FootDraggingDivorcee divorce]]" and, after an [[SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace aborted]] [[ParentWithNewParamour remarriage]] on her mom's part, her parents [[WhyWasteAWedding decided not to waste the wedding]] and [[FirstFatherWins retie the knot]] [[ComedyOfRemarriage then and there]].

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* In [[MegLangslowMysteries [[Literature/MegLangslowMysteries ''Murder With Peacocks'']] Meg's mom and dad had "[[LoveWillLeadYouBack the world's most]] [[AmicableExes amiable]] [[FootDraggingDivorcee divorce]]" and, after an [[SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace aborted]] [[ParentWithNewParamour remarriage]] on her mom's part, her parents [[WhyWasteAWedding decided not to waste the wedding]] and [[FirstFatherWins retie the knot]] [[ComedyOfRemarriage then and there]].



* Subverted in ''PrettyLittleLiars''. Aria's parents separated, got back together for a bit, then divorced for good.
* Averted on ''TheWire''. In a season 3 episode [=McNulty=] and his ex-wife have a passionate one night stand, the next morning he thinks they're back together but she insists that its just a one time thing and they never get back together for the remainder of the series.
* ''{{Entourage}}'' had a last season arc involving Ari and Mrs. Ari being separated, and eventually her asking for a divorce. Eventually Ari realizes that shock, it's not Ari himself that she wants the divorce from, but the fact he has become an absentee father and husband because of his career. When he finally figures it out, he ditches work and she takes him back.
* In ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', Amy's parents get back together for a while, but split up again. [[AmicablyDivorced They're still good friends at the end of the series.]]

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* Subverted in ''PrettyLittleLiars''.''Series/PrettyLittleLiars''. Aria's parents separated, got back together for a bit, then divorced for good.
* Averted on ''TheWire''.''Series/TheWire''. In a season 3 episode [=McNulty=] and his ex-wife have a passionate one night stand, the next morning he thinks they're back together but she insists that its just a one time thing and they never get back together for the remainder of the series.
* ''{{Entourage}}'' ''Series/{{Entourage}}'' had a last season arc involving Ari and Mrs. Ari being separated, and eventually her asking for a divorce. Eventually Ari realizes that shock, it's not Ari himself that she wants the divorce from, but the fact he has become an absentee father and husband because of his career. When he finally figures it out, he ditches work and she takes him back.
* In ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'', Amy's parents get back together for a while, but split up again. [[AmicablyDivorced They're still good friends at the end of the series.]]



* Played with in ''{{Frasier}}''. Niles and Maris break up and get back together at least twice with AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther overtones, but this is retroactively depicted as a bad idea. It's acknowledged that Niles went back to Maris because of insecurity and self-delusion, and that they ''should'' have stayed broken up. When they divorce, they again threaten to backslide several times, but in the end it's for keeps.

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* Played with in ''{{Frasier}}''.''Series/{{Frasier}}''. Niles and Maris break up and get back together at least twice with AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther overtones, but this is retroactively depicted as a bad idea. It's acknowledged that Niles went back to Maris because of insecurity and self-delusion, and that they ''should'' have stayed broken up. When they divorce, they again threaten to backslide several times, but in the end it's for keeps.



* ''FullHouse'': The bratty son of Danny's current girlfriend admits that the reason he's made so much trouble for the Tanner family is because he believes that his parents are going to reconcile and wants to ensure this by driving Danny away. For some reason, it's Danny rather than his own mother who gently explains that this is unlikely, but given that the woman later [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappears without an explanation]], the kid may have been right.
* {{Baywatch}}: Mitch and his ex-wife Gail made several attempts at reconciling, nearly remarrying at one point.

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* ''FullHouse'': ''Series/FullHouse'': The bratty son of Danny's current girlfriend admits that the reason he's made so much trouble for the Tanner family is because he believes that his parents are going to reconcile and wants to ensure this by driving Danny away. For some reason, it's Danny rather than his own mother who gently explains that this is unlikely, but given that the woman later [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome disappears without an explanation]], the kid may have been right.
* {{Baywatch}}: ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'': Mitch and his ex-wife Gail made several attempts at reconciling, nearly remarrying at one point.



* ''TheSimpsons'': Milhouse's parents get divorced, then several seasons later get back together.

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* ''TheSimpsons'': ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Milhouse's parents get divorced, then several seasons later get back together.
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