* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Is Jane really a desperate AttentionWhore, or is she more of a {{Troll}} that does what she does for [[ItAmusedMe the entertainment value.]] There are moments when she almost seems aware that what she is doing is ridicules.
* CanonSue: Susan is based on Stephen Moffat's wife, Sue, making her a literal example. She tends to get portrayed as the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]] but has a tendency to veer into JerkSue territory.
* CriticalResearchFailure: The Israeli woman Jeff tries to talk to at the bar speaks a middle class sociolect of English. In RealLife, she would be at least partially proficient in English and hold a basic conversation, and would struggle to understand Jeff’s Welsh accent, not the English dialogue itself.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: Susan [[TheBabyTrap trying to get pregnant]] for several months without asking Steve's consent is treated as a perfectly normal thing to do, at least PlayedForLaughs. Even if Steve also wants a child sometime, it may carry some UnfortunateImplications it doesn't result in some quarrel at least.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Jeff.
* FreudWasRight: The whole show - note the fact that we've just listed every single trope with "Freud" in it.
** Jane's "Jake the Snake" puppet:
-->'''Sally:''' Oh my god, it's a penis!
* FridgeBrilliance: The first time we meet Oliver's ex-girlfriend Tamsin, he asks her if her breasts are bigger, and she tells him that no, they're just more inaccessible to him. But in later episodes, we learn that she is several months pregnant, meaning that yes, her breasts really were bigger, and Oliver is more perceptive than he at first appears.
* FridgeLogic: Which leads to a CrowningMomentOfFunny. During the episode "Inferno," after Jane's very vague grasp of what vegetarianism is, we get this exchange between her and her therapist at dinner:
-->'''Jill:''' A vegetarian is someone who does not eat meat, you insane '''bitch.'''\\
'''Jane:''' I get enough of that language during our sessions.
** Realize that Jane is so screwed up, she has sent a licensed health professional so over the edge, she's insulted her repeatedly -- even calling her "insane," which is not a word psychiatrists are generally fond of. It was our first major glimpse into how messed up Jane really is.
-->'''Jill''': We agreed two months ago to end your therapy, it was going nowhere.
-->'''Jane''': I thought that was just an exercise to help me cope with rejection!
-->'''Jill''': No, that ''was'' rejection.
* HilariousInHindsight / HarsherInHindsight: During series 4, while Susan is coping with her pregnancy, the very vain Sally is very uncomfortable with the whole process. She mentioned in "Nightlines" how she doesn't really want a child, and mentioned how unsettling she finds it. In "Circus of the Epidurals," whenever Susan goes into detail about the actual birth, Sally ''faints'' and goes to her "safe place." When you learn that Kate Isitt (Sally) was actually pregnant during Series 4, it either becomes a hilarious in-joke from the people behind the scenes, or becomes unsettling to watch a pregnant woman face the gruesome truth about what's going to happen to her head-on.
** Steve including [[Series/DoctorWho Daleks]] among the things sofas are designed to protect from, given Stephen Moffat's later career.
** A rather depressing example, but Jeff claiming his girlfriend Julia is dead is a lot less funny and way more depressing when this troper found out that her actress died of cancer two years after the show ended.
** In the episode "Bedtime" in series 4, Oliver wears a sweater that says "Bring Back Doctor Who". Considering [[Creator/StevenMoffat who writes the show]], and that a mere ten months after that episode aired, the 9th Doctor made his first appearance...
* HoYay: Jeff imagining Steve nude.
* InformedAttribute: Jane is the designated weirdo there, but the others are just as eccentric.
* ReplacementScrappy: Oliver for Jeff.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Jane is a far more believable and likable character in season 4.
* SeasonalRot: Some believe the show went off the rails at the start of the fourth series, when Richard Coyle quit, Richard Mylan proved an inadequate replacement, and the Patrick-Sally relationship began to receive too much emphasis.
* TheWoobie: Jeff.
* {{Woolseyism}}: The US remake is generally considered inferior, but when Patrick's political stance is discussed, making him a Republican and a George W. Bush supporter is actually a pretty nice (and in-character) touch. However it kills Sally's breakdown, as a big part of what broke her was being told that Labour was in charge, while the Tories were now the revolutionaries.
** In the first episode, Jane's use of stockings to seduce Steve is turned into not wearing underwear. Even if they do mangle some perfectly good sentences by simply changing the word 'stockings' to 'no panties'.