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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.
13th Jul '16 3:53:04 AM WillBGood
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* ''Literature/TheAgeOfInnocence: Newland and May Archer, though he "honestly mourned her" when she dies.

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* ''Literature/TheAgeOfInnocence: ''Literature/TheAgeOfInnocence'': Newland and May Archer, though he "honestly mourned her" when she dies.
1st Jul '16 3:37:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* A common cliché of more cynical fanwork featuring [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia the Austro-Hungarian Empire]]. They tend to be of the DieForOurShip type as well, portraying Austria as an evil DomesticAbuser whom Hungary hates while she pretends to be happy and secretly pines for her ~True Love~ Prussia. Nevermind that WordOfGod states that even if not everything is perfect in their married life, Hungary actually accepted the engagement [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe since Austria treated her with more respect than their other neighbors]] (Prussia included), and how they seems to be pretty in love ''even after their divorce''.
* In the {{Tintin}} fanfic ''[[http://senoraalcazar.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4ht6t7 An Evening at the Airport]]'' the author suggests that the Waggs put on one of these.

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* A common cliché of more cynical fanwork featuring [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia the Austro-Hungarian Empire]]. They tend to be of the DieForOurShip type as well, portraying Austria as an evil DomesticAbuser whom Hungary hates while she pretends to be happy and secretly pines for her ~True Love~ Prussia. Nevermind that WordOfGod states that even if not everything is perfect in their married life, Hungary actually accepted the engagement [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe since Austria treated her with more respect than their other neighbors]] (Prussia included), and how they seems to be pretty in love ''even after their divorce''.
* In the {{Tintin}} fanfic ''[[http://senoraalcazar.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4ht6t7 An Evening at the Airport]]'' the author suggests that the Waggs put on one of these.



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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 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.

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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 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.
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* 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.



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24th Mar '16 10:59:39 AM Morgenthaler
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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.
24th Mar '16 10:56:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is the situation behind ''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 ''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.

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* This is the situation behind ''LosExitososPells''.''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 ''FatherTed'', ''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.



* Lindsey and Melanie do this in ''QueerAsFolk'' after they separate when Lindsey cheated on Melanie with a man. Needless to say, they got found out.

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* Lindsey and Melanie do this in ''QueerAsFolk'' ''Series/QueerAsFolk'' after they separate when Lindsey cheated on Melanie with a man. Needless to say, they got found out.
28th Feb '16 8:15:04 PM DrOO7
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* ''Literature/TheAgeOfInnocence: Newland and May Archer, though he "honestly mourned her" when she dies.
27th Jan '16 10:49:39 AM LongTallShorty64
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* In ''Film/TheodoraGoesWild'' Michael Grant is stuck in a loveless marriage, but has to keep up appearances because his father holds public office.
9th Jan '16 7:37:06 PM nombretomado
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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. [[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 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. [[SpongeBobSquarePants [[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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