Abhorrent Admirer: Rileynn to Anson. She had a big crush on Anson, but he doesn't like her in that way because he's secretly in love with Midge. Midge saw how much Rileynn really liked him and urge Anson to give her a chance. He finally did and the two immediately start to hit it off.
Anson's older brother, Elden, who also shows an infatuation towards Davina when she's home, whom Davina is uninterested in.
Abusive Parents: Played for Drama, actually. In a Very Special Episode, Midge and Farrah meet a homeless girl at their school name Lydia, who turns out to be a teenage runaway. The reason for running away was so she could get away from her abusive father. Midge tells her that she could stay with her for a while until they do something about her situation. Child services come by and Lydia explains her living situation, telling them that her mom passed away and her dad is physically abusive towards her. They find out and they contact one of her relatives that live in Chicago, so she finally moves out of her abusive dad's place and into her aunt and uncle's.
Academic Alpha Bitch: Davina. She was an academic overachiever in high school and in college. ** She was also a straight A+ student and was named valedictorian of her senior class.
The Ace: Again, Davina. She has a background in playing sports in school such as softball, volleyball, cheerleading, track and even basketball.
Anson also is good at playing sports.
Actor Allusion: Davina mentioned that she took ballet classes when she was 6. In real life, Amanda Schull is a former professional ballet dancer.
Acquired Situational Narcissism: Chauncey becomes this after falsely claiming that he saved Bailey from crossing the street. Garrett was the one that actually saved Bailey, Chauncey just took all the credit when everyone saw him holding on to Bailey.
Action Girl: Davina definitely knows how to take out someone when she gets into a brawl with Cynthia at Midge's birthday party when Cynthia wouldn't stop bullying and berating her and her friends.
Affectionate Parody: The game show Spin That Wheel is a parody of Wheel of Fortune without solving the puzzles. It's a game where the contestants spin the giant wheel that contains extremely tough (albeit embarrassing) challenges and whatever the wheel falls on, they would have to perform those tough challenges.
All Girls Like Ponies: Bailey, when she attends a friend's birthday party, she gets a pony for her birthday. Bailey saids that she would also want a pony for her birthday.
All Just a Dream: When Midge wishes on a shooting star that she was just like Davina.
All Men Are Perverts: In another Very Special Episode, Bailey starts chatting with a guy online name Stanley. She says that he goes to another high school and he's a junior. Turns out that Stanley isn't exactly his real name and that he was actually a 30-something year old man who was impersonating as a high school student online. Bailey was confused when she first meets him in person, but when he started to flirt with her in a wrong way, she got uncomfortable and wanted to leave, but he wouldn't let her. Her older siblings finally came to her rescue once Stanley tried to hurt her. Luckily, Bailey was safe and the creep gets arrested and sent to prison for pedophilia..
Almost Kiss: In the Season 1 Christmas Episode, Anson and Midge were both standing under the misteltoe and smiled at each other bashfully, knowing that they would have to kiss, but are interrupted by their parents telling them to come join them into singing Christmas songs.
In the Cinderella themed-dream sequence, Anson and Midge, once again, almost share a passionate kiss.
Finally averted in the final season which they do share the biggest and longest kiss in the Grand Finale without no interruptions, just cheering from the audience.
Aloof Big Sister: Midge always feels that Davina was smarter and more beautiful than she is and is afraid that she will never be as successful enough like her.
Attempted Rape: In the episode where Bailey meets Stanley in person, Stanley takes Bailey into his bedroom and he starts to flirt with her. Bailey starts to feel uncomfortable and wants to leave, but Stanley grabs and pushes her into his bed. Turns out that he's a pedophile that wants to rape teenage girls and have unprotected sex with them. Thankfully, her older siblings came to her rescue along with the police and saved her from that perverted creep.
Author Appeal: Midge writes her very first best-selling book called Living In My Sister's Shadow which became a big hit and her start of becoming an author.
Ax-Crazy: Subverted with the elderly couple in the Season 1 Halloween Episode "No One Gets Out Alive". Midge, Farrah and Anson do a little trick-or-treating before going to the big Halloween Bash downtown. They stop by an elderly couple's house to get candy, but they are soon invited into their home. The gang notices something weird about the couple and are desperate to get out. Turns out they're not actually crazy and are holding them hostage because their adult children have left their home. Though they don't get killed, they do make it out alive.
A couple of episodes would sometimes take place at the beach.
Beautiful All Along: Marianne. After Midge and Farrah give her a makeover, they tell her that she's always been a very beautiful girl on the inside and out.
Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Midge is the beauty, while Marianne has the brains, and Farrah is the brawny one, despite not being very strong or muscular, but in very good shape. It's even lampshaded by Farrah herself in one episode:
Farrah: You've got the beauty, the brains, and brawn: Midge, you're the beautiful one, Marianne, you're the brainy one, and as for me, I'm the brawny one in the group, though I'm not exactly muscular, but in very good physical shape.
Be Careful What You Wish For: In the All Just a Dream episode, Midge becomes increasingly frustrated over her sister's academic achievements and wishes on a shooting star that she was just like her. When her wish comes true, her life is totally different and her and Davina's roles are completely reversed: Midge is the successful, pretty and popular one at school and in the family, while Davina is the ugly, overweight Black Sheep with zits all over her face who's not at all popular, nor attractive and is constantly treated like a total outcast in the family. She lives a very miserable life, being completely ignored by her entire family, teased, taunted and majorly resents Midge's popularity and success more than ever. Even her siblings' roles are also reversed: Chauncey is the nice, well-behaved one, Garrett is a Jerkass bad boy who plays mean, horrible pranks on kids and Bailey is a kid genius who accelerated herself to college.
Berserk Button: Don't ever call Farrah's boyfriend Levi a dork around her!! She'll get really angry if anyone calls him that.
Bailey hates it when anyone says that Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, or leperchauns don't exist.
Betty and Veronica: Midge and Farrah both played these roles quite well in one episode where they both unknowingly fall in love with a guy named Grant. Midge was the down-to-earth, Girl Next Door Betty, her best friend Farrah was the outgoing, adventurous Veronica (minusing the bitchy personality), and Grant served as the unsuspecting Archie.
Beware the Nice Ones: Garrett appears as a nice guy, but when he gets pushed around too much, especially by Chauncey, you'll definitely gonna regret it a little later.
Break the Haughty: Cynthia has had a few bad luck in her life. Even it's having a bad hair day or getting trampled and defeated by Midge's older sister. Which goes to show that bad things can happen to bad people.
Brilliant, but Lazy: Chauncey. He may not be nerdy like Garrett or dim-witted like Bailey, but he's a very smart kid. He had to repeat his senior year in the final season because he didn't had enough credits to graduate. Turns out that he had scored very high on his SATS and exams. He even graduates high school with honors. No, seriously.
Broken Bird: Farrah's mom, Wanda. After her husband died, she became sad and broken over his death, causing her relationship with her daughter to be strained, but she gets better throughout the series.
The Bro Code: Garrett and his friend have one of their guy rules about dating each others' sisters. He tells him that his sister is off limits and that she's not interested in him.
Brother Chuck: A number of notable characters from Sunny Hills Middle School who've made a few appearances in the first season all have disappeared from the show without getting a proper mentioning.
Even Cynthia's Girl Posse, "The Cynthiettes", aren't mentioned or heard from again now that their leader has left the country to attend a stuffy boarding school in England.
Brother-Sister Incest: Garrett and Bailey. They have a very close relationship and I mean a very close relationship. Garrett's overprotectiveness of Bailey prompts everyone to think that he's in love with her.
In one episode, one of Garrett's best friends develops a crush on Bailey. He asks him if he can go out with her, but Garrett gives him the My Sister Is Off Limits speech to him, mainly because of his overprotectiveness of her. He tells Bailey that his friend likes her and she says that she likes him back. Garrett had to do the right thing in order for her to make her happy, so he changes his mind by telling his friend that he could date her. He then tells him to go talk to her and he watches to two hitting it off. You can tell by the look on his face that he's kinda jealous of the two, but very happy that he did the right thing by making his sister happy.
There was also one episode where they were mistaken as boyfriend and girlfriend.
Canada, Eh?: In the Season 9 one-hour Christmas Episode "A Very Canadian Christmas", the Mayhans plan a Christmas vacation at a holiday inn in Vancouver, British Columbia. Everyone there is speaking in full-on Canadian accents and pronoucing certain words in a different dialect.
Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Chauncey would always get in trouble whenever it's pulling pranks, scheming, or sabotaging any relationship that Farrah has with a guy.
Cassandra Truth: In the spring break episode, Chauncey catches Farrah's new love interest, Tad, making out with another girl on the beach with his camera. He tries to convince Midge that Tad is cheating on Farrah, but doesn't believe him at all because she thinks that he's jealous and he wants to sabotage any relationship that Farrah has with another guy. He saw Tad making out with another girl that's not Farrah. He shows it to Midge and she actually believes him. Midge herself works up the courage to tell her best friend that Tad is a lying, cheating Jerkass who was only using Farrah to make his girlfriend jealous. Tad finally gets caught by Farrah and his girlfriend and they both dump him. Farrah thanked both Midge and Chauncey respectively and Midge told her that Chauncey was the one that knew Tad was cheating on her this whole time.
The Cast Showoff: Farrah's actress is a very talented singer. She shows off her singing skills in a couple of episodes.
Amanda Schull is a former ballet dancer and even shows off her ballet skills in one episode.
Character Development: Just about every character on the show have all experienced development throughout the seasons. Midge is probably the best example of character development. She went from being an adolescent living in her sister's shadow and lacking any confidence in herself into a very successful young woman who's starting her career out as an author.
Despite not being one of the most intelligent one in the family, Bailey has grown up to be more smarter and less naive in the later seasons.
Garrett has pretty much branched out of being Chauncey's right hand man and Butt Monkey in the later seasons.
Christmas Episode: The show had a lot of Christmas episodes, even a special known as "A Very Special Christmas" which is in fact a Very Special Episode dealing with a serious issue around the holidays.
City Mouse: Farrah. She's from Boston, which is the city area of Massachussetts and would always lampshade that she's from the city alot.
Continuity Nod: The show contains a lot of continuity unlike other sitcoms do.
Converting for Love: In the episode "Are You There God, It's Me Midge", Midge falls for a guy name Keith, who is the son of a minister at his church. Turns out that he and his family are Christian. In order for her to become a Christian, Midge has to get baptized, but she was only doing it for the sake of being with Keith. Midge learns a very valuable lesson about Christianity and about God.
Crazy Jealous Guy: Chauncey. Whenever Farrah would have a new boyfriend or love interest, he becomes this and will do anything to sabotage any guy that Farrah starts to fall for or have a relationship with.
Credit Card Plot: Midge gets her first credit card in one episode which she takes advantage of by spending on unimportant things like cute clothes and shoes. She learns a valuable lesson about using her credit card responsibly and using it for emergencies only.
Dating What Daddy Hates: Davina starts dating Craig in Season 3, an older man whose in his late 30's. Irma and Conrad strongly disapproved of her dating him because of his age, but slowly start to accept him.
Dawson Casting: Averted. The three young actors who played Midge, Farrah and Anson, were around the same ages as their characters were, despite that they were a year older.
In the first season, Davina is 18 going on 19, but Cassidy Rae was only 21 when she got the role. Coincidently, Amanda Schull was also 21 when she joined the cast in Season 3 when Davina is supposed to be 20 going on 21.
Sarah Drew, the actress who played Marianne, was about 19 going on 20 when she played a sophmore in the third season.
Even the two actresses that portrayed Roxanne and Lacey were around in their twenties while playing 16 year olds.
Deadpan Snarker: Chauncey. He has his way of making snarky comments about anything and always making fun of his siblings. Midge even calls him "Snarky Snark and the Munky Bunch" for his cynical attitude.
Davina also has quite the few snarks of her own, though not as sharp-tongued like Chauncey.
In one episode, Irma travels back home to Utah to attend her 30th annual high school reunion and one of her former classmates asked her what are her kids up to. She responds that they're being good kids and are not throwing a party. Cuts to the Mayhan household where there is a party going on that's getting out of hand.
Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Midge. This is actually the main point of the show. She tries to find something that she's great in so she wouldn't have to be overshadowed by her older sister's success.
Double Standard: Midge and Farrah get a job at a fast food restaurant to earn extra money to get a new car. They discover that their boss, who is actually a female, pays the male employees more money than the female employees.
The most memorable one would have to be where Anson daydreams that he was slow dancing with Midge. the dream sequence looked like a Cinderella themed one: Anson was prince charming and Midge was dressed as Cinderella. The name of the song that was playing in the background was "For You I Will" by R&B singer Monica. They almost share a passionate kiss when slow dancing during the dream sequence, but was interrupted by Carlene.
Chauncey also had the same dream sequence when he was slow dancing with Farrah. The same song was also playing in the background as well.
And another one when he has a dream about being a superhero.
Dumb Blonde: Bailey's the redheaded version of this. Surprisingly, almost every blonde character has averted this trope.
Dumb Is Good: Despite not being the most intelligent, Bailey is hardly ever a brat at all like most younger siblings.
Dyeing for Your Art: Farrah is a natural brunette, while her actress, Trestine Harper, is a natural blonde. You can tell in the first season that she's not a real brunette because her blonde roots were still showing. She even stated in an interview back in 2001 about dyeing her hair brown saying this infamous quote: "God made me a blonde, but brunettes have more fun, right?!"
Dye Hard: Farrah had blonde highlights in her hair in her first appearance, but in the later episodes, the blonde highlights are gone.
Bailey's hair went from red to a strawberry blonde color in the later seasons.
Allegra admits she dyes her hair red and that it's not natural.
In the flashbacks, Davina's blonde hair is much darker as a child, but as a teen, her hair appears to be brown.
Embarrassing First Name: Subverted with Chauncey. He didn't really liked his name during his childhood until Farrah commented on how she liked his name.
Embarrassing Middle Name: Davina's middle name is Penelope. She hates her middle name so much that she begged the minister not to say it during her wedding ceremony, but her mother witnessed that he forgot to say her middle name because ministers are supposed to say the full names of the bride and groom when marrying them. When he said it, everyone started to laugh a little, including Isaac, and Davina muttered to herself saying "Thanks alot, Mom!".
Empty Nest: In the Season 1 Halloween Episode, the elderly couple, who traps Midge and her friends in their home, are parents of adult children who have already moved out of their home, leaving their home completely empty. Since their children don't visit them very often, they would invite random neighborhood kids into their home so they could have company.
Subverted in the Series Finale where the three eldest Mayhan kids finally move out and start their new lives somewhere else. Irma and Conrad don't really have a empty nest right now since they still have Garrett, Bailey and Travis to look after, but Irma starts to feel emotional right after her three children depart from their home.
Everyone Can See It: Only Anson's family can actually tell that he's in love with Midge, although he keeps it a secret by denying it all the time.
Expy: Midge's personality is somewhat similar to Lizzie McGuire without the klutziness and cartoon counterpart.
Davina definitely has alot in common with both Olga Pataki and Ren Stevens. The three being very smart and perfect, but Davina is not as neurotic and melodramatic like Olga when it comes to getting good grades.
The Fashionista: Davina definitely has a sense of fashion and dressing up nicely.
Cynthia Ryerson and the Cynthiettes, who are also try to follow the same trends as she does.
Feud Episode: It had a couple of these involving Midge and Farrah getting into an arguement and not speaking to each other, even though they would make up at the end.
In the three-parter episode "New Best Friend", Midge becomes worried that her and Farrah are spending way too much time with each other and not with other people. They both agree to start spending less time with each other and start hanging out with other people: Midge quickly strikes a friendship with the nerdy, Book Worm Marianne while Farrah finds friends in her popular cheerleader pals, Roxanne and Lacey. They've become so incredibly attached to their new friends that they have started to forget about each other and their whereabouts. This results in an argument between the two in when Midge and Farrah come to realize that they've found some common ground with their new friends and are happier than ever, abruptly ending their friendship for good, Well, at least for a while until they start to realize how much they miss each other and eventually make up afterwards, resulting them in becoming B.F.F.s again in the third part.
One episode had Midge and Farrah both fighting over a guy they have a crush on and stopped speaking to each other. They realize that their friendship is more important than some guy and agreed to not go out with him. Mind you that this episode aired a couple episodes before the three-parter episode "New Best Friend".
Flanderization: Though it seemed like she was becoming more smarter, Bailey's stupidity sort of gotten out of hand in the later seasons.
Flash Back: The show did show a few flashbacks of The Mayhans' early beginnings. It would flashback into '70s where Irma and Conrad were teens, in the '80s when Midge was first born, and in the early '90s with Midge's first meeting with Anson.
It even showed a flashback of Davina as a child back in '80s and as a teenager in high school in the mid-'90s.
The Series Finale did this when it showed flashbacks of the previous seasons from the series and early childhood memories of the characters.
After Anson leaves, Marianne now takes on the role as The McCoy in Season 4.
Friendship Moment: The moments between Midge and Farrah happens alot in almost every episode, even when they have their little fights.
In the final part of "New Best Friend", Midge serenades to Farrah at the football game in hopes of trying to rekindle her friendship with her. Farrah also sings along with her and both sharing a big bear hug in front of everyone at the game. Everyone says "AWWWWWW" while the two are hugging each other.
Fully Automatic Clip Show: This was also featured in the finale. Anson and Midge both comment on how Farrah has always said "I Know, Right!" for the past 9 years. It showed various clips of her saying her catch phrase, including her first appearance. Farrah came to realize that it's an irritating habit that she has and avoids saying it, though she says it one more time.
There were also clips of Bailey always mispronouncing big words that she's never heard of and asking other people what they mean.
The Fun in Funeral: The family travel to Utah to attend Irma's fifth cousin's funeral, whom the family barely knew. The funeral went from sad and depressing into a hilarious mood where the family are mingling with their other relatives and a lot of unusual things are going on.
Fun with Acronyms: Midge's full name Melina Amelia Mayhan. It can also easily be spelled and pronounced "MAM". That was actually the nickname that Anson called her back when they were in preschool together before being called "Midge" by her sister
Game Show Appearance: Midge and Farrah go on two game shows called Spin That Wheel and Friend or Foe.
There's even a quiz show that Garrett and Bailey go on called ''
Gender Separated Ensemble Episode: One episode had the Mayhan sisters (including Farrah) spending quality time with their mother at a day spa, while the brothers have a father/son fishing trip with their father.
Genius Ditz: Bailey. Despite lacking a little intelligence, she is smart about some things. She can actually say the alphabet backwards really fast and say them in sign language.
After Farrah catches Midge's parents making out on the couch in the family living room, Anson asks her did she really saw them "do it" in the living room. Farrah even says "I can't even described how they did it".
Midge gets upset with her parents about scaring Farrah off by making out in front of her when she refuses to come over to the Mayhan house. She tells her mom "Why don't you and Dad just do it in the bedroom!"
Gilligan Cut: The series has a lot of this. In the premiere episode of the third season, Midge and Farrah try to find a replacement best friend for Anson after he and his family move away over the summer. Midge tells Farrah that they're not going to hold auditions for a search of their next best friend:
Midge: Farrah, we are not going to hold auditions for a replacement best friend for Anson. (cuts to the audtions) I cannot believe that we are holding auditions for a replacement best friend for Anson.
Girl Posse: Cynthia had one in the first season called "The Cynthiettes".
The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Subverted with. Despite that the two rarely fight, Midge and Davina unwittingly have a rivalry going on about who's Bailey's favorite sister. Davina asked Bailey if her and Midge were both drowning in the sea, who would she saved. She answers "You and Midge". She also admits that she doesn't have a favorite sister because she loves them both very much and has always treated them equally. When Davina walks out of the room, Bailey whispers to Midge that she is her favorite, but told her not to tell Davina.
Good Angel, Bad Angel: Midge has them appear on her shoulders in a couple of episodes, acting as her good conscience and bad conscience.
The Hecate Sisters: The Mayhan Sisters are this: Midge is the Maiden, Davina is the Mother and Bailey is the Crone.
Heel-Faith Turn: Midge in "Are You There God, It's Me Midge" when she discovers her faith in God and finding the true meaning of Christianity.
Held Back In School: Chauncey had to repeat his senior year in the final season because of lacking any credits, though it's averted that he's actually pretty intelligent.
Due to her stupidity and having a half a brain, Bailey was almost on the verge of getting held back in the 8th grade because of her failing grades. It's finally averted when she does pass all of her classes and gets transferred to the 9th grade.
Heroes Want Redheads: Clyde, Garrett's best friend, starts to fall for his sister Bailey and he begins to date her.
Averted with Stanley, who's not exactly the hero-type guy at all. He meets Bailey for the first time in person and didn't even knew she was a redhead. He makes a comment that he has a thing for redheads and starts to hit on her, which makes Bailey very uncomfortable.
Garrett himself all of a sudden finds romance with Emory, who is also a redhead.
Even more of a gross example, Garrett also takes alot of interest in Bailey, but knowing that's his sister, he just paired her up with his best friend so he can try to hide his true feelings from her.
High School Sweethearts: Davina and Isaac, who dated a long time ago back in high school, though they've broken up when they realize during their senior year that a long-distance relationship wasn't going to work, actually get married in the Season 7 finale.
Holier Than Thou: Keith in "Are You There God, It's Me Midge" who's very opinionated about his beliefs in God.
I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: When Midge asked Anson why he never told her how he felt about her, he said it was because it would ruin their friendship since he was Midge's only friend and that he was afraid that she wouldn't like him back.
I Just Want to Have Friends: Garrett desperately tries to make friends of his own so he can avoid tagging along with his brother and his friends. It actually works.
I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Garrett saw how much his best friend Clyde really liked Bailey and he sets him up with her. Bailey also likes him, too, prompting Garrett to let her be happy with dating his friend.
I'm Going To Disneyland: In the episode where Midge gets her first brand new car, Farrah asks her where they should go on their little adventure, Midge suggests that they should make a quick stop at Disneyland by saying "WE'RE GOING TO DISNEYLAND!!!"
At the end of the episode, Midge and Farrah are making their way back from Disneyland and this time, Bailey joins them since she always wanted to go to Disneyland once Midge got a new car. Farrah realizes that she has left her purse at Disneyland and she insists that they should go back their to retrieve her purse so no one would steal it. Midge says "WE'RE GOING BACK TO DISNEYLAND!!!" and the girls scream with excitement, knowing they will stay a little longer to ride more rides.
Imagine Spot: Not very often in every episode, but this would occur with the main characters if they're in a situation or have that "what if" dream.
Informed Attractiveness: Davina. Midge always lampshades that she's the most beautiful girl on the planet. Although it's true, she's not the only beautiful girl on the planet because there has been a lot of beautiful female characters on the show.
It's All About Me: Cynthia is very conceited and self-centered and thinks the whole universe always revolves around her.
Ivy League For Everyone: Davina got accepted to so many top colleges like Harvard, Yale and Princeton, but chose to go to Standford instead.
Marianne gets into the prestigous school called Brown University.
Midge and Farrah both apply to Prescott College. Farrah got in, but Midge didn't. Farrah decided not to go to Prescott because her best friend wasn't accepted and they decided to attend Berkley University together instead.
Jerkass: Chauncey. Cynthia is a nasty, snobby bitch who's incredibly mean and selfish to others.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Chauncey may come off as petty and obnoxious, but he does have a good heart and deeply cares about his siblings very much.
Let's Have Another Baby: Irma, to a certain extent. She felt that five children wasn't enough for a big family, so she decided that her and Conrad should try for one more. When her and Conrad were trying to get pregnant, the doctor told her that she couldn't have anymore children. The only option for another child is that if they hire a surrogate.
Limited Social Circle: The episode "New Best Friend" involves Midge and Farrah trying to find more people to hang out with as friends to try and avoid having lesser friends.
Lonely Rich Kid: Eden. She admits that she doesn't have any real friends back at home in New York and her parents are far too busy to care for her.
Long Lost Uncle Aesop: Lydia, one of Midge's classmates, is physically abused by her deadbeat father. The girl is not seen or mentioned again after she moves to Chicago to live with one of her relatives.
The Makeover / Makeover Montage: When Midge, Farrah and Davina give Marianne a makeover, transforming from the plain, nerdy girl into this insanely, beautiful knockout.
Mama Bear: Irma. She took it to the extreme when she found out about Bailey's meeting with Stanley, who was a pedophile that tried to rape her, by threatening him if he ever does this kind of stuff again he'll get what's coming to him in the future. Stanley was so frightened that he didn't say a word after that.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Allegra is this zany, free-spirited teenage girl who yearns for adventure. She finds interest in Garrett, who's this uptight, nerdy outsider who's never had a real girlfriend. Despite their two different personalities, they eventually hit it off.
May-December Romance: Davina and Craig. She's only 17 years younger than him, which doesn't sit well with her parents.
Meaningful Name: Midge's birth name, Melina, means "bright yellow" in Greek, which would give the explanation of her being born a natural blonde. We can assume that her parents were expecting their unborn daughter to have bright blonde hair and decided to name her Melina to symbolize her being a natural blonde.
Davina's name means "beloved" or "cherished" in English.
Levi's name means "one who accompanies or attends" in Hebrew.
Oblivious to Love: Midge had no idea that Anson was in love with her until in the final season when he comes back and tries to tell her how he feels about her. He couldn't figure out how to tell her, so he decided to have a blimp flying in the sky saying "Anson Loves Midge". It became a heartfelt moment when Midge saw it in the sky and starts to cry. The two share a passionate kiss and finally become a couple.
Farrah also, was totally unaware that she was the object of his affections. Midge, on the other hand, knew about his crush on her and blatantly told her about it. Farrah thought it was cute that Chauncey has a crush on her, much to Midge's horror:
Midge: Farrah, are you aware that my little brother has a crush on you?
Farrah: Who Garrett?
Midge: No, Chauncey.
Farrah: Chauncey has a crush on me? Awwww, that's so cute!!!
Papa Wolf: Conrad. Along with Irma, he also went to the prison where Stanley was locked up at and threatened him if he ever lays his hand on his little girl again, he'll get what's coming to him in the future.
The Runaway: Lydia, who ran away from home to get away from her physically abusive father.
Running Gag: Everytime when Chauncey would say something smart, his siblings would mostly tell him to shut up or hit him onside the head.
When anytime someone would say a particular word to or around Bailey that she's never heard of, she would always ask others what that particular word mean. Even her mispronouncing big words is entirely the most proliffic gag of all. Her friends and family would pronounce that word correctly for her so she'll say it correctly the next time using it.
When the family are always saying there's something different about Davina.
Sadist Teacher: Mrs. Hinshaw, Chauncey's teacher who always gives her students a hard time by yelling at them and giving too much homework. Chauncey even makes a false accusation about her that she threatened to kill him if he didn't do his book report and gets her fired.
Secret Diary: According to Midge's grandma, Irma once had a secret diary kept hidden when she was a teenager.
Serenade Your Lover: Well, more like Serenade Your Best Friend. Midge did this by singing what appears to be a love song to Farrah at the football game in a way of trying to rekindle her friendship with her.
Sick Episode: Midge gets the stomach flu and is rushed to the hospital, only to find out that she has to have her appendix taken out.
Signed Language: Used in the episode "Camp Deaf" where Midge and Farrah are volunteer camp counselors at Camp Warm Springs For The Deaf. The camp counselors learn how to communicate by using sign language with the young deaf campers as well as interpreting for them.
Slumber Party: Cynthia hosts a slumber party at her house and invites Farrah instead of Midge. Midge even tries to have her own slumber party to try to get everyone to come to hers instead of Cynthia's.
Spoiled Brat: Cynthia, who's father is the chief executive of an advertising agency, gets way more expensive stuff than her classmates. She lives a very charmed life and always takes everything for granted when she doesn't get what she wants.
Spoiled Sweet: However, Midge's cousin Eden, is the complete opposite of Cynthia. Despite growing up in a wealthy family, Eden is actually grateful of what she has and doesn't ask for much. She's alot more nicer and compassionate than Cynthia is.