Created By: justanotherrandomlurker on August 4, 2014 Last Edited By: justanotherrandomlurker on August 5, 2014

You for a Day

Bob and Alice act like each other for one reason or another

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OP note: I asked before and apparently we don't have this one, so here's a YKTTW for it.

Good friends know each other very well, sometimes they may know each other better than they their respective friends may know themselves. In some cases too, friends' quirks, habits, characteristics, and such may also rub off on each other. Then you have cases where the friends will start to act like each other, either by intention, or unintentionally; whenever this happens, expect hilarity to ensue, especially when those around them are dumbfounded by what's going on.

Not to be confused with "Freaky Friday" Flip, where the two parties find themselves literally in each other's bodies.


Live-Action TV
  • Seinfeld. In "The Chicken Roaster," Jerry and Kramer switch apartments as Kramer is unable to sleep with a giant red neon chicken glowing across the street from his window; afterwards, Kramer begins to act more like a cynical Jerkass like Jerry, while Jerry stays up talking to people like Bob Sacamanno and Lomez and mooching food off Kramer much like he did. Both George and Elaine are a little weirded out by this.

Western Animation
  • Arthur. In "Buster's Best Behavior," Buster feels inferior because he doesn't really stand out among the crowd and decides to try and be more like someone he admires, namely Arthur. Meanwhile, Arthur feels Buster is the coolest kid in school and decides to try and be more like him. Soon, Buster is walking around in yellow sweaters, reading lots of books, and complaining about D.W., while Arthur is constantly snacking and reading joke books, causing the two to quickly become bored with one another. Brain refers to the phenomenon as "Element X," but both Francine and Muffy are driven crazy.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy. In "Mirror, Mirror on the Ed," the Eds play each other at truth or dare, where at one point, Ed dares Eddy to pretend to be Double D, which prompts Eddy to dare Double D to pretend to be Ed, which he'll only do if Ed pretends to be Eddy. Later, the Eds continue to pretend to be each other for the rest of the day, and each of them Flanderize the other's quirks: Eddy overplaying Double D's use of big words (though turning into a Malaproper in the process) and lack of physical strength, Double D playing up Ed's spaciness, and Ed channeling Eddy's bossy nature. It comes to bite them in the butt later when Kevin tries to pummel Eddy for masquerading as Double D, Sarah mistakes Double D for Ed and forces him to clean up his room, and Jonny daring Ed to pretend to be Plank while Plank pretends to be Eddy.
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  • August 4, 2014
  • August 4, 2014
    ^ That's pretty wordy, and some cases aren't necessarily playing pretend (so far, only the EEE example is).
  • August 4, 2014
    May also be related to role reversal therapy.
  • August 4, 2014
    Live Action TV
    • The Space Cases episode "Both Sides Now" featured Davenport somehow gaining super-intelligence and using her new mental abilities to swap the appearances and personalities of the kids (so that Harlan became an Andromedan, Radu became a human, Rosie became a Uranian, Bova became a Mercurian, etc.)

    Western Animation
    • One episode of Rugrats had Phil and Lil decide to impersonate Chuckie and Angelica.
  • August 4, 2014
    Related to A Day In Her Apron.
  • August 5, 2014
    Live Action Television
    • An episode of The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody has the titular boys come across a videotape of themselves as babies. Whilst viewing it, they see that their parents may have confused Zack with Cody and vice-versa when they were babies. They spend the rest of the episode trying to act like each other until their mother presents them with evidence that they didn't confuse them.
  • August 5, 2014
    I think this is just Personality Swap.
  • August 5, 2014
    Nobody told me that. I asked if we had this, and apparently we didn't (as far as anyone knew), which is why I started this.