History Series / TheGoodLife

12th Dec '15 4:43:04 PM jormis29
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** Barbara's first attempts to barter to [[PizzaBoySpecialDelivery pay the window-cleaner's bill]] turn into this, partly because of the recent success of ''[[AwfulBritishSexComedy Confessions of a Window-Cleaner]]'' and similar films. In this case, [[spoiler: the milkman is so abashed by his mistake he leaves without taking payment... and ''then'' Barbara realises what he must have thought she was suggesting.]]

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** Barbara's first attempts to barter to [[PizzaBoySpecialDelivery pay the window-cleaner's bill]] turn into this, partly because of the recent success of ''[[AwfulBritishSexComedy Confessions of a Window-Cleaner]]'' ''Film/ConfessionsOfAWindowCleaner'' and similar films. In this case, [[spoiler: the milkman is so abashed by his mistake he leaves without taking payment... and ''then'' Barbara realises what he must have thought she was suggesting.]]
18th Sep '15 3:53:34 AM Danesh
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* ContrivedCoincidence: Margo and Jerry go on holiday, Tom does his back out ''and'' a freak storm hits Surbiton the week the Goods need to get their first harvest in at the end of series one.
17th Feb '15 12:38:51 PM TheLyniezian
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* RummageSaleReject: Both the Goods have run into this trope due to their need to make-do-and-mend; in Barbara's case (one example being repurposed trousers with one leg the wrong colour!) this is much to the concern of Margot; in Tom's, he had to sell his suit to buy his wife a "posh frock" and make amends, thus turning up to a little gathering in a dinner-jacket and totally inappropriate trousers.
8th Feb '15 3:35:03 AM passivesmoking
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* VitriolicBestBuds: The Leadbetters' relationship with the Goods pretty much amounts to this, especially Margo. They constantly criticise Tom and Barbara for their choice of lifestyle, but when it comes down to it they're in fact also their staunchest defenders.
1st Feb '15 8:27:14 AM mhnospa
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* StealthPun: The two male leads are called WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry. This is never mentioned in the show.

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* StealthPun: The two male leads are called WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry. This is never mentioned in the show. They are also Mr Good and Mr. 'Better.
27th Jan '15 1:49:44 AM TheLyniezian
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* TheAllegedCar: In series 3 episode "A Tug At The Forelock" Tom [[spoiler: decides to build his own, powered by the engine from the rotary cultivator, as an alternative to the (less economical but more sensible) horse Barbara got from the coal-man, who was upgrading to motor power. Despite Jerry's quizzing them on the lack of tax and insurance, its general roadworthiness is not brought up in that episode.]]
19th Dec '14 12:57:47 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Traditional version in the Christmas Special (natch) but the Goods have a habit of wearing their ''own'' home-made clothes as well.

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* HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Traditional version in the Christmas Special (natch) but the Goods have a habit of wearing their ''own'' home-made clothes as well.



* ShoutOutThemeNaming: WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry, natch.

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* ShoutOutThemeNaming: WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry, natch.WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry
17th Dec '14 3:45:21 PM mlsmithca
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* MayDecemberRomance: Although Jerry's actor was thirteen years older than Margo's, in-show it was Tom and Barbara who usually gave off this vibe.
** Clues given in the show make it about a ten-year split between Tom Good and Barbara. In one episode, Tom talks about how they moved into the house "a week before they were married" ten years ago. Tom and Jerry, roughly the same age, began at JJM at the same time at this point. In the episode with the two hippie kids, Tom asks Barbara what she was doing "when she was that age" (the hippie girl was early 20ish) and she responded that she was "waiting for some bloke [Tom] to call me back." While they may have dated a while before they married, it appears that Barbara was at least early 20s while Tom was at least 30 or very near that age.

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* MayDecemberRomance: Although Jerry's actor Paul Eddington (Jerry) was thirteen years older than Margo's, Penelope Keith (Margo), in-show it was Tom and Barbara who usually gave off this vibe.
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vibe. Clues given in the show make it about a ten-year split between Tom Good and Barbara.them. In one episode, Tom talks about how they moved into the house "a week before they were married" ten years ago. Tom and Jerry, roughly the same age, began at JJM at the same time at this point. In the episode with the two hippie kids, Tom asks Barbara what she was doing "when she was that age" (the hippie girl was early 20ish) and she responded that she was "waiting for some bloke [Tom] to call me back." While they may have dated a while before they married, it appears that Barbara was at least early 20s while Tom was at least 30 or very near that age.



-->'''Tom:''' I know, but I thought that song came from "West Side Story".

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-->'''Tom:''' I know, but I thought that song came from "West Side Story".''Theatre/WestSideStory''.



* SitCom



* UnresolvedSexualTension: Jerry and Barbara, which they're both aware of but never impacts on their [[HappilyMarried happy marriages]]; Tom and Margo to a lesser extent. Face it, if it wasn't for Margo's sensibilities the foursome would have been swinging like monkeys.



* {{UST}}: Jerry and Barbara, which they're both aware of but never impacts on their [[HappilyMarried happy marriages]]; Tom and Margo to a lesser extent. Face it, if it wasn't for Margo's sensibilities the foursome would have been swinging like monkeys.



* WhatTheHellHero: Barbara and Jerry each give one to Tom for his complete dismissal of Barbara's feelings in "The Last Posh Frock". After Tom gave her a big schpiel about how he didn't care if she was unglamorous and then fawned all over her ''very'' glamorous school friend, she tears into him for dismissing her feelings as silly and "acting like a woman". When Tom goes to Jerry for some "women eh" sympathy he gets a sharp lecture instead and is chased home by Jerry's signature laugh.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Barbara and Jerry each give one to Tom for his complete dismissal of Barbara's feelings in "The Last Posh Frock". After Tom gave her a big schpiel spiel about how he didn't care if she was unglamorous and then fawned all over her ''very'' glamorous school friend, she tears into him for dismissing her feelings as silly and "acting like a woman". When Tom goes to Jerry for some "women eh" sympathy he gets a sharp lecture instead and is chased home by Jerry's signature laugh.
15th Jun '14 3:12:02 PM eowynjedi
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* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Margo says almost exactly this line (minus "such") to her choir mistress in the series 1 episode "The Pagan Rite".

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* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: Margo says almost exactly this line (minus "such") to her choir mistress in the series 1 episode "The Pagan Rite".Rite" regarding the fact that she, not the choir mistress, is the one baking gingerbread cookies for the meetings.



* EmotionsVersusStoicism: A couple of episodes revolve around this. Emotion usually wins.
** "Home Sweet Home": Tom decides they should move to a farm and Barbara tries to support him because there are very sensible arguments for it, even though she's very attached to the house. Tom soon realizes that he doesn't want to leave either, but he tries to let Barbara take all the blame when she confesses. (When Jerry lets slip that Tom was pining as well, she throws an egg at him.)
** "The Happy Event": When their sow gives birth to a runt, Tom is all for letting it die because that's what you do with runs. Barbara is not happy with how "[his] efficiency has become [his] god" and the Leadbetters are disgusted with the callousness. Ends up with an emergency run to the hospital for some oxygen, with the help of a constable.
* TheEngineer: Tom, an excellent draftsman, is very good at building (and occasionally inventing) machinery and gadgets for the house and garden, from an effluence digester to an oxygen tent for a piglet.



* HypocriticalHumor: A staple. Often it will be Barbara or Tom dismissing the other's anger / frustration, a few pertinent lines of dialogue, and then becoming just as outraged.

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* HypocriticalHumor: A staple. Often it will be Barbara or Tom dismissing the other's anger / frustration, a few pertinent lines of dialogue, and then becoming just as outraged. That, or one of them expressing an opinion and the other dismissing it until the other [[GladIThoughtOfIt acts like they're the one who came up with it]].



* ManChild: Tom, who often has a twelve-year-old boy's sense of enthusiasm (and humor, to Margo's chagrin).



* MobiusNeighbourhood: Other members of the neighbourhood are occasionally mentioned, but we never seem to meet the next-door neighbours on the other side of the Goods' house--in one episode the house is explicitly up for sale, then an artist named Mrs. Weaver moves in, and later moves out.

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* MobiusNeighbourhood: Other members of the neighbourhood are occasionally mentioned, but we never seem to meet the next-door neighbours on the other side of the Goods' house--in one episode the house is explicitly up for sale, then an artist named Mrs. Weaver moves in, and later moves out. Nothing is said of people who live across the street or a few doors down.


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Tom wheedles Margo into buying an expensive spinning wheel so that he can borrow it for homemade cloth; he assumes that Margo simply order "chequebook, Jerry" as she always does with no problem. Back at home, Barbara is convincing Jerry that he needs to stand up to Margo when she starts overspending. (Of course, Tom and Margo ''are'' being selfish and Jerry should stand up for himself once in a while, but Barbra didn't mean to scuttle Tom's plan.)


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* NoSympathy: Although it doesn't come with berating, "The Last Posh Frock" is about Tom having zero sympathy for Barbara wanting to feel feminine once in a while. When she's clearly upset over being taken for a boy and tearing her last nice dress, Tom laughs and ignores her; when they get into a heated argument after Tom fawns all over Barbara's glamorous school friend (directly after saying he would only look at Barbara if he was in a roomful of supermodels) and Barbara pours gravy all over herself to complete the picture of "what Barbaras look like", he ''does not understand'' why she's upset until Jerry chews him out.


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* UnlimitedWardrobe: Margo, who often wears a few outfits per episode (and on a few occasions buys a completely new outfit for a few days' use). Lampshaded by Jerry, who sometimes complains of her shopping habits.


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* WhatTheHellHero: Barbara and Jerry each give one to Tom for his complete dismissal of Barbara's feelings in "The Last Posh Frock". After Tom gave her a big schpiel about how he didn't care if she was unglamorous and then fawned all over her ''very'' glamorous school friend, she tears into him for dismissing her feelings as silly and "acting like a woman". When Tom goes to Jerry for some "women eh" sympathy he gets a sharp lecture instead and is chased home by Jerry's signature laugh.
14th Jun '14 6:31:32 PM eowynjedi
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* CatchPhrase: "Thank you very much, Jerry!" "Jerry... the chequebook!"

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* CatchPhrase: "Thank "[[SarcasmMode Thank you very much, Jerry!" Jerry!]]" "Jerry... the chequebook!"



* EarthMother: Barbara Good, who is frequently an UnkemptBeauty

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* EarthMother: Barbara Good, who is frequently an UnkemptBeautyUnkemptBeauty.



* HypocriticalHumor: A staple. Often it will be Barbara or Tom dismissing the other's anger / frustration, a few pertinent lines of dialogue, and then becoming just as outraged.



* MobiusNeighbourhood: Other members of the neighbourhood are occasionally mentioned, but we never seem to meet the next-door neighbours on the other side of the Goods' house, despite them presumably being just as inconvenienced by their lifestyle as the Leadbetters are.

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* MobiusNeighbourhood: Other members of the neighbourhood are occasionally mentioned, but we never seem to meet the next-door neighbours on the other side of the Goods' house, despite them presumably being just as inconvenienced by their lifestyle as house--in one episode the Leadbetters are.house is explicitly up for sale, then an artist named Mrs. Weaver moves in, and later moves out.



* NoodleIncident: The amateur production of ''TheSoundOfMusic''. Margo prepares for it for a few episodes and eventually we see her getting ready to perform. The episode cuts directly to Tom, Barbara and Jerry discussing what transpired. It begins with Tom asking, "That was ''The Sound of Music'' we saw wasn't it?" and goes downhill from there.

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* NoodleIncident: The amateur production of ''TheSoundOfMusic''.''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic''. Margo prepares for it for a few episodes and eventually we see her getting ready to perform. The episode cuts directly to Tom, Barbara and Jerry discussing what transpired. It begins with Tom asking, "That was ''The Sound of Music'' we saw wasn't it?" and goes downhill from there.



* OddCouple: The premise is essentially a double odd couple with the socialite Leadbetters and self-sufficient Goods, although Barbara and Jerry tended to be the moderating forces between the two.
* OnlySaneMan: Between the Goods' activities and whatever social junta Margo is embarking on, Jerry tends to fall into this by default for his generally easygoing nature.
* ThePollyanna: Tom, to the point of annoying Barbara by remaining incessantly chirpy about the challenges of self-sufficiency when she's momentarily fed up with it.



* SheCleansUpNicely: Barbara, especially in "The Last Posh Frock" from Series 3.

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* SeriousBusiness: Margo and the Music Society.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Barbara, especially in "The Last Posh Frock" from Series 3. She doesn't mind getting grubby but there are times when she likes to remind herself that she is feminine and pretty.



* YesMan: Jerry is a cheerfully unapologetic example; in one episode as he's about to call up his boss on the phone and grovel, he whips out a comb and works over his hair.

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* YesMan: Jerry is a cheerfully unapologetic example; in one episode as he's about to call up his boss on the phone and grovel, he whips out a comb and works over his hair. When Tom tries to appeal to his dignity, Jerry shrugs it off. He doesn't mind "crawling" because it gets him the comfortable lifestyle he enjoys.
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