History Series / GrowingPains

24th Oct '17 8:27:02 PM bubzilla
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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Gordon Jump's fresh off the boat Irish accent as Maggie's father has to be heard to believed.
14th Aug '17 7:02:03 AM Briguy52748
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* DudeNotFunny: In-universe in "Second Chance" (the drunk driving episode), when Carol initially refuses to believe that Mike had gotten a phone call saying that Sandy had died from his injuries. In previous episodes where Sandy was featured, Mike (and Ben) had made cruel jokes about Sandy, and in "Second Chance" they were relentlessly taunting Carol when he was late (without explanation) for their date ... until they got a phone call saying Sandy had been in an accident. So when Carol (and Jason and Maggie) are told the news, Carol screams at Mike, tells him he just pulled off his worst joke ever and begins to tell him she never wants to speak to him again ... but a somber, clearly shaken Mike presses on with the details and it is clear that he is telling the truth.
28th Jul '17 1:30:41 PM Piterpicher
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** In another episode, this philosophy is seriously subverted. Ben has the opportunity to cheat on a test, but does not; he ends up getting a bad grade, and is scolded by his parents. His friends ''do'' cheat, get ''excellent'' grades, and are rewarded by their parents. Ben's father is forced to concede that, in reality, cheaters prosper and win very often (saying that "in some cases, they even win the White House", an obvious reference to Watergate), although he does say that being honest can be far more rewarding in the long run.

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** In another episode, this philosophy is seriously subverted. Ben has the opportunity to cheat on a test, but does not; he ends up getting a bad grade, and is scolded by his parents. His friends ''do'' cheat, get ''excellent'' grades, and are rewarded by their parents. Ben's father is forced to concede that, in reality, cheaters prosper and win very often (saying that "in some cases, they even win the White House", an obvious reference to Watergate), although he does say that being honest can be far more rewarding in the long run.
25th Feb '17 1:06:52 PM nombretomado
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* FanDisillusionment: Ben catches his favorite rock star, played by BradPitt, cheating on his wife.

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* FanDisillusionment: Ben catches his favorite rock star, played by BradPitt, Creator/BradPitt, cheating on his wife.
24th Feb '17 3:46:18 PM DrOO7
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* HouseHusband: Subverted. Jason is the stay-at-home parent, but he runs his psychiatric practice out of a home office.
21st Feb '17 6:10:56 PM ropertroper
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* ContrivedCoincidence: In one episode, Carol becomes popular when she reveals to her soap opera-obsessed roommated that her brother is on a soap opera. When other members of her roommate's soap opera fan club think she might be lying, she tells them she knows who shot Mike's character (because Mike had been practicing the line over-and-over around her). Carol brings them to the studio, right after Mike left the show. Due to leaving before the filming of that episode, the producer decides "[[{{Unperson}} There is no Mike Seaver, just air!]]" They then look at that episodes script to prove she was right about the episodes killer, only for the script to change who the killer was (due to it being leaked in a soap opera newsletter).
21st Feb '17 6:03:54 PM ropertroper
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*{{Unperson}}: InUniverse example: In one episode, Mike needs to leave the set of a soap opera he's on shortly before the filming of an important episode involving his character. The producer decides "there is no Mike Seaver, just air!"
30th Dec '16 4:03:45 AM goldenroad
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* {{Deconstruction}}: While most of the series had the sort of plots one would expect from an 80's sitcom, many an episode took those plots and did a 180 on them, most notably the DrunkDriver episode described below.



* DrunkDriver: Carol's boyfriend Sandy (Matthew Perry) was in an accident while driving drunk. Viewers were bracing for the climatic [[AnAesop Aesop]] (Sandy would recover, lesson learned, let's move on)... [[spoiler: until Sandy bit it.]].

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* DrunkDriver: Carol's boyfriend Sandy (Matthew Perry) was in an accident while driving drunk. Viewers were bracing for the climatic [[AnAesop Aesop]] (Sandy would recover, lesson learned, let's move on)... [[spoiler: until Sandy bit it.]].it]].
26th Dec '16 11:06:06 AM goldenroad
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->''"As long as we got each other,''
->''We got the world spinning right in our hands..."''

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->''"As long as we got each other,''
->''We
other, we got the world spinning right in our hands..."''



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-> ''"Baby rain or shine, all the time, we've got each other, sharing the laughter and love."''
17th Dec '16 12:12:39 PM creader
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* ThirtyMinutesOrItsFree: In the episode "The Home Show," the Seavers are having to set up a party at the last minute, because Jason used an old calendar to set the date. When a pizza is accidentally delivered to their house instead of the neighbors, Jason starts to tell the delivery guy his mistake, until Mike reminds him they need the food for the party. Jason thinks for a second then says, "We ordered five pizzas, not one, and that was 31 minutes ago, so they're free."



* PutOnABus: Carol. [[spoiler: She returned.]]

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* PutOnABus: PutOnABus:
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Carol. [[spoiler: She returned.]]



* ThirtyMinutesOrItsFree: In the episode "The Home Show," the Seavers are having to set up a party at the last minute, because Jason used an old calendar to set the date. When a pizza is accidentally delivered to their house instead of the neighbors, Jason starts to tell the delivery guy his mistake, until Mike reminds him they need the food for the party. Jason thinks for a second then says, "We ordered five pizzas, not one, and that was 31 minutes ago, so they're free."
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