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16th Nov '17 1:43:39 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''Webcomic/{{AGENCY}}'', [[spoiler: [[StarFox Fox and Krystal McCloud]]]] have a very rocky marriage, but they put on a happy face in public. They are, after all, heroes and have a young son to care for. [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Sandy Cheeks]] is quick to pick up on this, but so far, the charade hasn't affected the plot much. With one of them kidnapped and held in an unknown location, it might not come up for a while.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{AGENCY}}'', [[spoiler: [[StarFox [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox and Krystal McCloud]]]] have a very rocky marriage, but they put on a happy face in public. They are, after all, heroes and have a young son to care for. [[WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants Sandy Cheeks]] is quick to pick up on this, but so far, the charade hasn't affected the plot much. With one of them kidnapped and held in an unknown location, it might not come up for a while.
19th Jul '17 3:04:19 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Manga/TonariNoKashiwagiSan'': [[DeadSparks Sayaka's parents]] were like this when she was in middle school (they didn't want to disrupt her studies), though they've been divorced for over a year by the time the story starts. Sayaka at one point claims that it would have been better if she was never born since they would have been able to get divorced sooner (though both of her parents and her boyfriend tell her otherwise).
13th Jul '17 2:02:55 PM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''Film/DoubleHarness'', things get sour right off the bat with the Fletchers: they spend their ''honeymoon'' is separate quarters, but they still stay married for Joan's sake.
16th Jun '17 4:23:56 PM Discar
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Subverted. Annie tearfully tells the hotel staff that the reason she has a separate room from her husband Jeff is because they're having some marriage problems, but they're trying to work through them, and she's trying to put on a brave face. The subversion is that Annie and Jeff aren't married or even dating; Jeff paid for both of their rooms under his name, the hotel assumed they were married, [[ShipTease and Annie ran with it]]. This causes problems when Jeff (who is completely unaware of what Annie is doing) starts flirting with a woman in the hotel bar. The wait staff [[MistakenForCheating think he's cheating on Annie]], and she has to pretend to get mad and [[FoodSlap throw drinks in his face]] to keep the ruse going. Jeff isn't exactly happy about losing his date, but he forgives her for it.



* John And Mary on ''Series/FatherTed''are married shopkeepers who are always plotting to murder each other, but who go into over-the-top perfect couple mode whenever anyone else is around.

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* ''Series/FatherTed'': John And and Mary on ''Series/FatherTed''are are married shopkeepers who are always plotting to murder each other, but who go into over-the-top perfect couple mode whenever anyone else is around.
30th May '17 5:04:56 PM pretzelbetty
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* Maryse and Robert Lightwood from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' only ''pretend'' to be HappilyMarried, when in reality their marriage has nearly fallen apart at least thrice: once when the Circle disbanded and Robert blamed their wrecked lives on Maryse, twice when [[spoiler:Robert was caught cheating (but Maryse told nobody save her daughter)]], and thrice when [[spoiler:their youngest son dies]]. The general distrust between them lead to their daughter; Isabelle's "all-men-are-untrustable" attitude.

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* Maryse and Robert Lightwood from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' only ''pretend'' to be HappilyMarried, when in reality their marriage has nearly fallen apart at least thrice: once when the Circle disbanded and Robert blamed their wrecked lives on Maryse, twice when [[spoiler:Robert was caught cheating (but Maryse told nobody save her daughter)]], and thrice when [[spoiler:their youngest son dies]]. The general distrust between them lead led to their daughter; daughter Isabelle's "all-men-are-untrustable" attitude.



* William and Nora Walker on ''Series/BrothersAndSisters''. William works hard to preserve a personal and professional image as a conservative, traditionalist, husband, father and businessman. In reality he is supporting a mistress on the side in a decades-long affair that is virtually a second marriage, while at the same time having short-term affairs with other women as well. His wife learns of the affair but goes into willful denial when he promises to end it. When he dies the truth comes out, and it is devastating to his whole family. Especially his daughter Kitty, a conservative pundit who has held her parents' marriage up as a role model all her life, and the youngest son Justin, who had gone to war to try to win his father's respect, only to learn how sleazy his father really was.
* This is the situation behind ''Series/LosExitososPells''. The husband is gay, the wife is just on there for the career bust, and both are planing to elope with their real love interest at the first chance, but both are forced to being together because their network contracts, and have to keep the happy charade for ratings sake. The hero, who is forced by the same network to secretly impersonate the husband after an accident, is quite on shock when he discovers all of the above.
* John And Mary on ''Series/FatherTed'', married shopkeepers who are always plotting to murder each other, but who go into over-the-top perfect couple mode whenever anyone else is around.
* Stevie's parents apparently did this in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', to protect Stevie while he was still very much unwell. When she felt Stevie was now old and strong enough to handle it, Stevie's mom left her husband and Stevie.

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* William and Nora Walker on ''Series/BrothersAndSisters''. William works hard to preserve a personal and professional image as a conservative, traditionalist, husband, father and businessman. In reality he is supporting a mistress on the side in a decades-long affair that is virtually a second marriage, while at the same time having short-term affairs with other women as well. His wife learns of the affair but goes into willful denial when he promises to end it. When he dies dies, the truth comes out, and it is devastating to his whole family. Especially his daughter Kitty, a conservative pundit who has held her parents' marriage up as a role model all her life, and the youngest son Justin, who had gone to war to try to win his father's respect, only to learn how sleazy his father really was.
* This is the situation behind ''Series/LosExitososPells''. The husband is gay, the wife is just on there for the career bust, and both are planing planning to elope with their real love interest interests at the first chance, but both are forced to being together because their network contracts, contracts and have to keep the happy charade for ratings ratings' sake. The hero, who is forced by the same network to secretly impersonate the husband after an accident, is quite on shock shocked when he discovers all of the above.
* John And Mary on ''Series/FatherTed'', ''Series/FatherTed''are married shopkeepers who are always plotting to murder each other, but who go into over-the-top perfect couple mode whenever anyone else is around.
* Stevie's parents apparently did this in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', to protect Stevie while he was still very much unwell. When she felt Stevie was now old and strong enough to handle it, Stevie's mom left him and her husband and Stevie.husband.



* ''Series/TheWire'': Beginning in season 3, Cedric Daniels and his wife Marla are separated, but he's willing to continue to keep up the appearance of a happy marriage to help Marla advance her political career. This complicates things for the new romantic relationship Cedric has developed with Rhonda Pearlman, as he knows it will look bad on him as a black police lieutenant, and as Marla's ex, to have left her for a white woman.

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* ''Series/TheWire'': Beginning in season 3, Cedric Daniels and his wife Marla are separated, but he's willing to continue to keep up the appearance of a happy marriage to help Marla advance her political career. This complicates things for the new romantic relationship Cedric has developed with Rhonda Pearlman, as he knows it will look bad on him as a black police lieutenant, and and, as Marla's ex, to have left her for a white woman.



* One of the themes in the song "Dollhouse" by Music/MelanieMartinez is an unhappy marriage; the husband is cheating on the wife, and the wife simply goes with it; hiding it with expensive jewelry and alcohol.

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* One of the themes in the song "Dollhouse" by Music/MelanieMartinez is an unhappy marriage; the husband is cheating on the wife, and the wife simply goes with it; it, hiding it with expensive jewelry and alcohol.



** And finally there's the Season 3 premiere ''The Rickshank Redemption'', [[spoiler: where they finally get divorced via Jerry pulling a him or me decision on Beth, which Rick has been planning ever since he suggested turning Rick him in to the Galactic Federation the prior episode.]]

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** And finally there's the Season 3 premiere ''The Rickshank Redemption'', [[spoiler: where they finally get divorced via Jerry pulling a him "him or me decision me"decision on Beth, which Rick has been planning ever since he suggested turning Rick him in to the Galactic Federation the prior episode.]]
10th May '17 10:16:05 AM LongTallShorty64
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*''Film/{{In Name Only|1939}}'': Alec thought that Maida loved him, but it turns out that she was just a GoldDigger, and they have to keep appearances to their families and society friends.
3rd May '17 5:01:04 AM Sakubara
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** And finally there's the Season 3 premiere ''The Rickshank Redemption'', [[spoiler: where they finally get divorced via Jerry pulling a him or me decision on Beth, which Rick has been planning ever since he suggested turning Rick him in to the Galactic Federation the prior episode.]]
30th Jan '17 11:41:48 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/TheWire'': By season 3, Cedric Daniels and his wife Marla are separated, but he's willing to continue to keep up the appearance of a happy marriage to help Marla advance her political career. This complicates things for the new romantic relationship Cedric has developed with Rhonda Pearlman, as he knows it will look bad on him as a black guy to have left his wife for a white woman.

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* ''Series/TheWire'': By Beginning in season 3, Cedric Daniels and his wife Marla are separated, but he's willing to continue to keep up the appearance of a happy marriage to help Marla advance her political career. This complicates things for the new romantic relationship Cedric has developed with Rhonda Pearlman, as he knows it will look bad on him as a black guy police lieutenant, and as Marla's ex, to have left his wife her for a white woman.
18th Dec '16 4:30:15 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/TheWire'': Lt. Daniels and his wife are seperated, but they still pretend to be happily married to keep up appearances so she can get her political career off the ground.

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* ''Series/TheWire'': Lt. By season 3, Cedric Daniels and his wife Marla are seperated, separated, but they still pretend he's willing to be happily married continue to keep up appearances so she can get the appearance of a happy marriage to help Marla advance her political career off career. This complicates things for the ground.
new romantic relationship Cedric has developed with Rhonda Pearlman, as he knows it will look bad on him as a black guy to have left his wife for a white woman.
19th Jul '16 7:18:14 PM eroock
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* Nick in ''Literature/GoneGirl'' reacts violently to Amy's insistence that they remain married, but feels responsible for the child and reluctantly decides to stay with Amy. The story ends with the "happy" couple announcing on television that they are expecting a baby.
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