A friend, family member, or employer brings his fiancée to the family house. One of the cast knows the woman already, revealing that she was a [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold hooker]]/[[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn stripper]]/{{transsexual}}. Family debates on whether the groom-to-be should be told. HilarityEnsues, except not.

Often, the prospective groom already knows, and the episode ends with AnAesop about tolerance...usually, going [[BrokenAesop directly against]] the attitude the episode took to Such Things up to that point.
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* In ''Film/YouAgain'', Marni realizes her brother is about to marry the AlphaBitch who made her life miserable in high school.
* In ''Film/KillBill'', the central character is all set to marry an unsuspecting young man (hence her being known as "the Bride" for most of both films) when her ex shows up. And he brings a whole group of old friends. [[KillEmAll Things don't end well.]] [[RoaringRampageofRevenge For the uninvited guests, either.]]

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* Not a bride, but the main plot of ''ScottPilgrim'' is Scott's journey to come to terms with Ramona's past, in terms of emotions and fight scenes.

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* This is the basic plot of the novel ''Literature/RedeemingLove'', in which a former prostitute in the Old West marries a good man who treats her with kindness and respect, despite the attempts of people he knows to convince him to get rid of her. It’s ''not'' played for comedy; in fact, the groom’s argument with his horrified brother gets quite ugly, especially once the groom reveals that he already knew the woman was a prostitute when he married her. It takes almost the entire novel for them to resolve this.

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* ''Series/HappyDays'': Howard remembers that he saw Fonzie's fiancée as "The Lone Stripper" at a hardware convention. Having been under the impression that his lady was a virgin, they break up.
* ''Series/StepByStep'' directly rips-off ''Series/HappyDays'' when Frank recognizes Cody's potential bride as a stripper by her distinctive laugh just as Howard recognized Fonzie's.
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'’ – Carl's boss's woman. It turns out he knew about his fiancée's past.
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' when Phoebe visits her boyfriend's stuck-up parents and proudly announces a few shocking details of her past to them without any prompting. The [[AnAesop Aesop-y]] end result is the same.
* ''{{Moonlighting}}'': Addison's father was all set to marry a younger woman, who Addison recognizes instantly as he had engaged in some extremely intense sex with her some years earlier. Finally confronting her, she tells of her troubled past in which she slept with so many men that she didn't even remember their faces (including his). And that Addison's father had won her over not only by ''not'' sleeping with her, but treating her like a lady. Shamed and guilt-ridden, Addison gives the marriage his blessing.
* In ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'', Ernie is dating a woman who has a history of alcohol abuse and gambling problems. Angie tells George that the woman is pregnant, but not sure who the father is. Unfortunately, she tells Ernie it's his.
* On ''Series/{{Angel}},'' Doyle's ex-wife visits with her new fiancé, who turns out to be a demon. The ex-wife is informed, but already knew. In this case, it's PlayedForDrama in a different way--Doyle is half-demon himself and assumed that this was why his ex-wife left him, but this proves that no, it was ''his'' reaction to the news that ultimately ruined their marriage. (Oh, and also, [[spoiler:the new beau wants to eat Doyle as per his species' tradition, though the ex-wife doesn't know that part]]).
* In ''EverybodyLovesRaymond'', Robert Barone is still not being allowed to forget that his first wife Joanne was formerly a "dancer" in Atlantic City. His [[JewishMother mother]] brings this up practically every time her name is mentioned.

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* The George Jones song "She's The Rock" is about a guy who's married to a woman with a shady past. He not only knows about it, but he forgives her for it and defends her to people who bring it up.


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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark:'' In the episode "The Succubus", the womanizing Chef has finally found his [[OneTrueLove one and only]]...but, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as the episode title suggests,]] she has a secret. The boys know, [[TheCassandra but no one listens,]] until the actual ceremony is underway and Veronica is forced to reveal her true nature.

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