If pornography is to be believed, no profession results in higher rates of sexual promiscuity than being a pizza delivery boy. Any mention of pizza in a pornographic movie will result in a pizza boy having sex. You'd be surprised that there aren't people clamoring to sign up with Pizza Hut or Domino's just for the tips alone. Expect to hear some really crappy dialogue about "sausage". Note, pizza delivery people often receive special training to defy this.
This doesn't apply to just pizza boys, but any profession which requires house calls. Plumbers are good for this too, complete with bad "cleaning out your pipes" jokes. Cable repairmen are also notoriously sex-crazed, as their job will invariably require some screwing, drills with unusually large bits, cables, making a good contact and positioning the antenna at the right place. It gives viewers the thrill of supposedly watching anonymous, spur-of-the-moment sex without a production team having to use any other sets than a living room or bedroom where the "total strangers" meet. Cheating with the Milkman is a related trope with an implication of an ongoing affair.
Incidentally, in actual pornography pizza delivery (and cable repair etc) girls are starting to become popular, possibly due to overexposure (as it were) of the male sex for this.
For the video game equivalent, see Excuse Plot.
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Channel 4 parodied this in a launch advert for their "adult entertainment" channel, More 4. The advert features Ron Jeremy as a repairman who repairs the TV of a woman with his large, special tool (a large screwdriver).
Parodied in a pizza commercial, where an older (late-thirties) woman lures an older (early-forties) pizza delivery "boy" in, despite his protestations of "We're not supposed to go inside", and they enjoy the pizza together with hints of things to come, such as the woman cooing, "Now that's what I call delivery!" ...and then their kid walks in, as grossed out as any kid would be at a hint of parental sexuality. For even more irony? This was an advertisement for a frozen pizza.
Visa commercial that raised some controversy: A young muscled plumber comes to repair housewife's bathtub. Then comes the time to pay: the woman smiles seductively and unbuttons the plumber's shirt... to reveal a card reader slot.
Parodied in an Australian beer commercial where a man spies his neighbours about to make their own erotic video, dons a cheesy costume (complete with fake porn star moustache) and knocks on their door, announcing that he is "here to clean the pool". They invite him in.
Parodied in a commercial by PETA that has the dubious distinction of being rejected for the 2004 Superbowl.
Parodied in a British beer advert with the message that it's worth taking the time to do something properly — we're treated to a half-assed version of this trope in which the guy lacks a huge moustache and actually starts fixing the fridge. The line "I've come to fix your fridge!" delivered in a Joey-from-Friends voice briefly became a Memetic Mutation.
Downplayed in an old TWA ad. The ad was a fairly normal ad talking about superior service and travel experience. Perfectly normal... except the lines were spoken by a trio of stewardess wearing tight short shorts and tight crop tops as they walk across the tarmac to a small plane. You know what they say, "I don't like TWA coffee, but I love TWA tea."
One ad for frozen pizza featured a man feeding a woman various foods while she was wearing a Sleep Mask. When he gets to the pizza, she takes off the blindfold, yells "You invited a pizza delivery boy here?! What kind of girl do you think I am?!", and storms off.
Citibank ran a series of commercials with people speaking in what was clearly someone else's voice — i.e. the voice of the person who stolen their identity — bragging about all the stuff they bought with the victim's money. One ended with the line (from a woman's voice): "Tomorrow I'm getting a pool boy... and I don't even have a pool!"
Parodied in a Kohler commercial in which a guy sees a good-looking female plumber, and starts flushing stuff down the toilet in a (futile) attempt to stop it up and create an excuse to ask her in.
Liquid Plumber has a series of good-looking plumbers telling women that they've come to 'flush your pipes' or 'snake your drain.' In one, the woman says she only has 15 minutes, and he says, "I only need eight!"
Anime & Manga
In the first episode of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, an older woman offers the young plumber a drink and to inspect her plumbing after he is finished with the job. Of course after the angels show up and mistake him for a ghost, Panty runs off with him to the nearest hotel.
Subverted in a story in the pornographic comic book XXXenophile, where a vibrator repairman casually disregards the advances of his clients (while leaving them satisfied by doing his job). This ends with a Double Subversion — the repairman follows this trope when he visits a male client. His friends call him Buzz.
Done multiple times in Cherry Comics: pool cleaner, delivery guy, washing machine repairman...
Apparently done in at least one issue of a Bat-family comic book, where it seems like every female villain in Gotham is convening... and then the pizza delivery boy shows up. Harley Quinn in particular is excited to see him. She then ties him up (or has him tied up) and uses him as a human spinner in a game of Truth or Dare. It was the third issue of Harley's own series. Memorable because of the fact that in the face of several beautiful villainesses, the pizza guy starts screaming.
In a short Stinky strip in Hate, he appears in a porno movie playing a pizza delivery boy.
In a strip in the furry comic Genus, a boyfriend has bought a porn video titled Plumber's Helper at the request of his girlfriend. A plumber and a pool guy arrive at a woman's house and the guy assumes the woman is about to be double-teamed. However, when the lady of the house leaves and the plumber and pool guy start getting it on with each other, the guy realises — to his horror and his girlfriend's amusement — that he has accidentally bought a gay porn video.
Done deliberately in the Ramba story "Humbling the Boss" where Ramba seduces a grocery delivery driver so she can plant a bomb in his next delivery.
Given an extremely dark twist in The Milkman Murders in which a Stepford Smiler housewife with an absolutely dreadful family (abusive drug-addict husband, promiscuous and contemptful daughter sleeping with all her teachers, son who likes to skin small animals) encounters a sinister milk man apparently making a delivery to her home ... whereupon he proceeds to rape her. It leads her to descend into psychotic madness as a result.
In Luna's Plan Luna watched too much TV while staying in a Muggle hotel and started acting out various sitcom situations at Hogwarts in an effort to seduce Harry. Her final, successful attempt was a pretend "pizza delivery" complete with full "bow chikka bow bow" soundtrack.
Films — Live-Action
Lampshaded in The Beach Girls.
Female character: Is that a pepperoni in your pocket or are you happy to see me? Delivery Boy: It's a pepperoni. (pulling out a good-sized pepperoni sausage) Female character: (sighs and grabs his shirt) Come on...
Lampshaded in The Big Lebowski, as the Dude and Maude watch the intro to the subtly-titled film "LOGJAMMIN'", as quoted above.
Erika Lust's film The Good Girl, possibly the closest thing to a Deconstruction of porn that you can get, plays out this scenario from the woman's point of view. It starts with the woman discussing with her friend this particular porn trope, so when her pizza delivery boy arrives, she decides to act it out.
The indie film Pizza follows a girl who spends her 18th birthday hanging out with a pizza delivery guy (played by Ethan Embry) because she has no friends. One of their deliveries is a horny housewife; there was no sex, but the girl calls him out on it later — he says he plays to it for the tips.
In Eve's Bayou, the title character's father Louis is a southern doctor who makes house calls, and doesn't really try to hide from his daughter the fact that he often has sex with his younger female patients.
Some Skank: What can you do about... the pain? Louis: Eve, go play outside. (closes door) So what kind of pain are you in?
Deep Throat has the grocery delivery boy (yes there were such things in 1972 — and there still are in some places) giving oral sex to a woman seated on the kitchen table, and looking slightly bored. At one point she is going to light a cigarette and asks, "Do you mind if I smoke while you eat?"
This was the basic plot of all the "Confessions of an X" movies, and their many imitators. See Awful British Sex Comedy for details.
Extract has a variation with a pool cleaner, complete with a soft-focus scene and poorly-delivered lines.
Loverboy has a college student whose father refuses to pay for his son's tuition get a job delivering pizzas in order to get back to his girlfriend. Eventually, he ends up sleeping with an older Japanese trophy wife of his father's friend for an extra tip. She ends up recommending his "services" to several other women dissatisfied with their marriages, the code phrase being "extra anchovies". Once, he arrives to deliver an "extra anchovies" pizza to an attractive woman in a bikini... except it turns out to be all she wants, and her kids are in the house. His last call turns out to be for his own mother, although he runs away before she sees him.
"Crazed sex with a stranger coming to your house" (in some cases, even played down to rape by/of a stranger) has been the subject of many urban myths, which the newspapers of questionable quality have used to increase audience, from the Anglophone countries to former Eastern Bloc.
My father rang up from Matlock to say he has lost his Barclaycard and can't get home tonight, so Mr Lucas and my mother were up all night trying to mend the boiler. I went down at ten o'clock to see if I could help but the door was jammed. Mr Lucas said he couldn't open it just at that moment because he was at a crucial stage with the boiler and my mother was helping him and she had her hands full.
In A Streetcar Named Desire, a young newspaper fee collector receives a sudden kiss from Blanche, for no reason that to further establish her ephebophilia.
The "pool boy" version of the trope is mentioned disparagingly by the narrator of The Wonder Spot when she's reading a lousy manuscript for her publishing job.
The show once plays this relatively straight, except that the man is a poet inspector.
A different sketch has a milkman lured into the house. The woman leads him to a back room and locks him in; he turns around and discovers that there are about a dozen milkmen already there, at least two of whom are dead.
In the first episode of Torchwood, Gwen pretends to be delivering a pizza to get into the base, and the existing members break down laughing. Jack gives the script for if they hadn't, which sounds a lot like one of these scenes, stopping right before the actual offer of sex.
Charmed does the exact same thing in an early episode of the show. A pizza boy is invited into a bachelorette party only to get eaten by the demonic bridesmaids. Amusingly enough, he was actually a stripper playing out this trope.
The sitcom Blossom had an episode about a "mature" woman who would arrange for a new pizza boy's schedule to be filled with phony deliveries, so they could have some "private time." Who, incidentally, was named "Mrs. Robertson".
Also, when the show covered the SEC porn scandal - employees of the Securities and Exchange Commission were dowloading Internet porn, while they should've been focusing on preventing the financial crisis - Samantha Bee suggested that in order to make finances more interesting, all financial documents should be delivered via "hunky pizza delivery guys". At this point, a guy appears, delivering a document to Sam:
Sam: Oh my goodness, who could that be? I didn't order a collateralized debt obligation! Ooh, it's so long!
In one episode, she comments that she intends to go home, put on some sexy underwear, and rip out her sink so as to have an excuse to invite the sexy new building superintendent over.
In another episode, she invites Bulldog, who is working as a pizza man, up to her bedroom, making him think she wants to sleep with him; when she, instead, locks him out on her balcony naked, he thinks she's trying to invoke this trope and knocks on the door, calling out, "Pizza man!".
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! parodied the Pizza Boy trope, having David Cross deliver a pizza directly into the women's locker room — but alas, no bread sticks. When the woman he was delivering it to decided to chow down on something else, she discovered the pizza boy was built like a Ken doll. Cross explained there were many ways for a man and woman to show their love besides intercourse, and proceeded to sing a song about buying heart-shaped balloons and sending love notes. He closed by explaining to guys that if their partners are pushing them to go to far, they can just say no.
Played for horror in a MADtv sketch involving Diana Ross calling cable men to fix her cable. Her lustful attitude seems to indicate this, but the cable guys are terrified of her, and try not to anger her by pointing out her fading celebrity or recently canceled tour. With good reason, as she ends up biting the nipple off of one of them, then spitting it out onto the guy's boss hours later when he comes to fix the cable.
All That had an ever-so-slightly more family-friendly version of this trope: In one sketch based around three girls at a sleepover, the girls ordered a pizza, hoping for an attractive delivery boy, but instead got a young man decked out in Nerd Glasses and an awkward personality. At some point after he left, one of the girls, an overtly stereotypical "goth" character who also appears to be a witch, introduced a potion that would make anyone who touched it fall in love with the first person they saw. They end up spilling it all over each other. Guess who walks back in?
Played for laughs in The X-Files episode "Empedocles". Mulder is offended when Scully answers her door expecting to see someone else. A slip-of-the-tongue remark about waiting for the pizza guy is made, and of course Mulder runs with it.
Scully: I was just about to jump in the shower, but I was waiting for the pizza man. Mulder: You got something going on with the pizza guy I should know about? Scully: The pizza man? Mulder: Well, correct me if I'm wrong, but you did just say you were waiting for the pizza man to jump in the shower.
Top Gear featured a lengthy gag about how presenter James May's idea of a porn film would have the boiler repairman meet the lonely housewife in her negligee and.... repair the boiler.
James May: Might do. What's wrong with that?
Called back to in an episode of James May's Man Lab, where May builds a home theatre and then shoots a film to show as his premiere which consists of a woman's boiler going out, a plumber coming to fix it, and her towel falling off while he is trying to work.
Rule 3: Do not distract the workman.
An episode of Malcolm in the Middle subverts this, with Francis forcing a porn director to shoot the delivery man actually delivering food (and attempting to act, while thoroughly confused) so as not to offend the owners of the hotel where the shoot is taking place.
One episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation featured the murder of a clown who entertained at children's birthday parties, both the kids and the mothers.
The parcel delivery driver in the CSI: Miami episode "Special Delivery" was having affairs with many of the housewives along his route. It was thought this might have been the reason he was murdered. It wasn't.
In Glee, Puck uses his job as a pool cleaner as an opportunity to service older women.
Castiel: It's very complex. Dean: Mmm-hmm. Castiel: If the pizza man truly loves this babysitter, why does he keep slapping her rear? Perhaps she's done something wrong. Dean: You're watching porn? Why? Castiel: It was there.
Subverted on Pee-Wee's Playhouse when Jimmy Smits, as the Authorized Conky Repairman is asked by Miss Yvonne if that's a wrench in his pocket, to which he responds, "Oh there it is."
Fiona Conway does this (literally with the pizza boy) in the Midsomer Murders episode "Not in My Back Yard".
In one episode of Six Feet Under, David has spontaneous sex with a plumber in the morgue. Later, he tells his boyfriend Keith about it, and warns him that he might have to talk about plumbing if he wants any action that night.
In episode "The Art of Discourse", Troy and Abed are discussingPorn Names when porn-esque bass music starts playing and a studly pizza delivery guy enters asking in a suggestive manner who ordered the pizza with "extra sausage" he has. After Troy and Abed flee the room, the music stops and the camera cuts to Leonard with a guitar saying he ordered the pizza.
The episode "Remedial Chaos Theory" features seven different timelines, each having a different character go downstairs to let the pizza guy in. In the timeline where Pierce is the one to go, he comes back with the pizza and says: "Man, pizza guys are getting worse and worse looking. Guess all the good ones went into porn."
Invoked on an episode of QI when the panel where discussing the problems of sex in space. Bill Bailey and Alan Davies started musing about what a porno set in space would be like:
Bill Bailey: I'm here to fix the turbo-thrusters. Alan Davies: Then you'd better come through to the sleeping module.
Goodness Gracious Me parodied the trope in a Chunky Lafanga sketch where he is exposed as having starred in a porn film where he played a milkman being seduced by a housewife.
Parodied in Chewin' the Fat when Ronald, an actor who cannot remember simple lines or take any form of direction, is hired to voice over a foreign-language porno about a housewife seducing a plumber. He seems to be unaware that the film is porn, and thinks his character is an actual plumber, and ad-libs lines asking why the woman is trying to have sex with him when he's only there to fix the sink.
This trope is used in "Telephone Man", a '70s novelty hit by Meri Wilson. And in her sequel, "Peter the Meter Reader." What makes it a sequel? The last line: "Peter used to be my telephone man."
Also invoked in "Jolly Tinker", by Boiled in Lead.
The charmingly coy "Super Orgy Porno Party" by the Planet Smashers starts with an audio clip from such a porno.
Adam Sandler's "At a Medium Pace" used this as one of the many, many sex gags in the song.
Subverted when The Funday Pawpet Show cast interviewed Jeff the Pizza Guy. When asked if he is ever greeted at the door by naked women, Jeff said he has been in the past (there is a nudist colony on his route), but they are generally not the women you'd want to live out this trope with.
Dan: Trust me, it hurts me to tell you this, I would love to believe in a world where beautiful sultry women in gowns are shtupping the pizza boy. But. It. Just. Ain't. So. Cuddles: When she said she wanted a lot of melted cheese...? Dan: She meant melted cheese. Cuddles: And, and when she said she wanted a stick of pepperoni...? Dan: She wants pepperoni. (later, when it turns out she was a horny lady who just liked pizza boys) Cuddles: You mean Dan when she said she liked melted cheese...? Dan: It meant she wanted to have sex with you. Cuddles: And, and when she said she liked pepperoni...? Dan: It meant she wanted to have sex with you. Cuddles: And when she said she'd like to be taken roughly from behind? Dan: It meant... Oh shut up and watch TV.
Later editions of The Sims allow this by allowing you to form relationships with various members of the NPC hired help. Pizza delivery was just the tip of the iceberg of cliché situations, which include gardeners, technicians, maids, firefighters, police officers, and even thieves (provided you got to a good start by letting them out of the cop car after they tried to steal your stuff). Who cares about the next job, just invite them in, slip into something a little more comfortable and let your charms do the talking. In the process of a day after moving into a new lot, a lone sim was living with the postal woman. A week later they married. Done right, things can move... quickly.
In the "A New Life" mission of Hitman: Blood Money, 47 can disguise himself as the poolboy so that he can be alone with the target's perpetually inebriated wife, who's wearing a necklace that contains evidence required to complete the mission. She invites him up to her room if he does so... then changes her mind and falls asleep. 47 can use this opportunity to nick the necklace without resorting to violence.
The Pizza Boy is this trope with a slight science-fiction angle.
Averted in a cartoon short called, Michael the Terrible Boyfriend: Michael's trying to figure out how to see his girlfriend without her parents knowing. Upon seeing a pizza delivery boy, he turns to the audience and says, "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" It then cuts to the girl's bedroom, where Michael bursts through the window on a pterodactyl that then eats his girlfriend.
In a Sailor Moonparody, the pizza boy is unfortunate enough to arrive just after all the Sailor Scouts have killed themselves without any good reason.
Mildly subverted in It's Walky! where the Martians try to torture Joyce by making her experience the scenario through mind control. It doesn't work because she can't figure out what she's supposed to pay with if she doesn't have any money. Several strips later, Joe shows her a movie which exhibits the trope and the truth darn near breaks her.
Plumber Boyfriend: How's that going to fix her pipes!?
A strip from Sabrina Onlinesuggests◊ that Zig Zag's actors were shooting one of these videos while Sabrina's niece Tabitha was visiting... but only the first part.
Parodied in a strip fromxkcd, which has a pizza boy, a plumber, and a French Maid showing up at the same time due to a scheduling mix-up. They eventually decide to forget the whole thing and play Agricola instead.
In Fur Will Fly Roxxy is a pizza girl who uses "unconventional" tactics to get bigger tips. Though the only one of her customers she actually slept with was her girlfriend, Natalie.
Parodied in Insecticomics. The Insecticons and company are pretending to have really loud sex to mess with a whiny, repressed G1 fanboy — in reality, they're just having a party. When the pizza girl comes over, they pay her extra to pretend to be doing this to mess with the kid's head even further.
Averted in banner ads for the webcomic Blaster Nation. The two panel ads show a half-dressed Rinnie telling a pizza delivery man she doesn't have any cash and asking if she can pay some other way. The second panel shows her writing the guy a check.
Averted in Questionable Content; when Hannelore realizes she doesn't have enough money to tip Dale for delivering a pizza, she invites him in for some other kind of tip, which he accepts reluctantly... only to find that she just wanted to hang out and eat pizza and make friends. Hanners is mortified to learn what Dale thought she meant.
Parodied in an College Humor video, where the trope plays out with a guy coming to the house to check for a gas leak. After doing the deed, he then dies in the woman's bed because there is a gas leak. Then the trope plays out exactly the same when a guy from the coroner's office shows up to collect the body.
Among the works of bloodninja is a subversion of this trope, as he makes the "special delivery" in the pizza.
Apparently, there's a porn website named "Big Sausage Pizza" (which as discussed in the link there, has a really stupid premise).
A homoeroticfurry story by one K.M. Hirosaki (available online — need we say it's NSFW?) plays with the idea. The pizza delivery boy attempts to apologize for being late by showing up pantsless. The customer decides the sight isn't enough of an apology, and they end up having sex. The two guys really are in a relationship, and the delivery boy was bringing a free pizza to his boyfriend. They just got caught up in an enjoyable little bit of roleplaying.
Pornô da Vida Real (VERY NSFW), in Portuguese. But this time it's a Pizza Girl Special Delivery.
Played with in an older SMBC Theaterskit — he actually is a plumber, but pretends to be a porn star as he fixes some leaky pipes.
Parodied, with Conan O'Brien playing an inept pizza boy who didn't realize his customers were hitting on him.
Also happens in a "Frankenstein Wastes a Minute of Our Time" skit when Conan asks Frankenstein if he did any other films that year aside from Van Helsing.
And again on another episode which is more a parody of screwed-up cable porn. While you can't see anything, a situation like this plays out with a Pizza Guy, then a Plumber, and a Pool-Cleaner end up in a massive orgy, and in the end the first guy goes "Seriously, somebody has to pay for this pizza."
"Oh~! We're all having sex~! With each other~!"
Subverted in an episode of The Critic. A young, Fabio-looking grocery delivery boy makes a stop at the elderly Mrs. Sherman's home, and proceeds to accidentally tear his shirt off on a nail (leaving only a Chippendale collar), ask where he can put his "hot buns", spill cooking oil over himself, and rub his hands over his torso to try and clean it off, all in rapid succession. Despite his efforts, Mrs. Sherman pays no attention to him and eventually pushes him out the door. Made even more funny due to the fact her friend suggested earlier to have an affair with a younger man since her own love life was lacking.
Parodied in The Simpsons where Selma is indicated to have called out a TV repairman solely for the purpose of this trope. The door is slammed on the scene just as the repairman realises that the TV isn't broken, just unplugged.
Their is an episode of Rocko's Modern Life where Mrs. Bighead repeatedly calls Rocko over with things to fix trying to attempt the act as it were.
Parodied in American Dad!, where Roger is paid to write a porno script, but is criticized for using pizza boys and pool boys, something which is seen as outdated. When he attempts to write another one, he uses a "pool boy/pizza delivery boy", which is immediately shot down by Steve.
In Family Guy, one episode involves the porn film "Quest for Fur" that Lois Griffin acted in when she was younger. At the end of the episode, the film is shown, and features a pizza delivery boy that strongly resembles Stewie Griffin (despite the film being about cavemen).
Stewie: Now I'm really getting suspicious [of being a porn baby]. Pizza delivery boy: Did somebody order a pizza?
Futurama is something of a gigantic double-subversion. In the pilot, Fry is a total loser of a pizza boy; a fateful pizza delivery turns him into a Human Popsicle (and not the Erotic Eating kind of popsicle). Yet, thousands of years and numerous episodes later, he does end up partnered with a hot cyclops-girl, which never would have happened if he hadn't been a delivery boy in both the present and the future.