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Playing With: A Day In Her Apron
Basic Trope: A wife leaves her domestic duties to her husband as a challenge.
  • Straight: Bob makes an insensitive remark about how Alice's job as a homemaker isn't "real" work. She leaves him in charge for the day, and Bob proves the trope Men Can't Keep House true.
  • Exaggerated: The house is practically destroyed when Alice comes back.
  • Downplayed: Bob does okay for the most part, but he just doesn't do housework as well as Alice.
  • Justified:
    • This is a challenge to prove that homemaking is real work, and not nearly as easy as it sounds.
    • Alice goes away for the weekend, and Bob agrees to take care of the house while she's gone, all the while thinking "How bad could it be? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?"
  • Inverted:
    • Alice is challenged (perhaps in addition to Bob looking after the house) to go to his work for the day.
    • Bob does Alice's housework for the day and finds out it's as easy as (or even easier than) he thought.
  • Gender Inverted: Bob the House Husband challenges Alice the Career Woman to take care of the house; Alice learns that homemaking is every bit as much real work as her job is.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob seems to be managing the house alright while Alice is gone.
    • Bob falls in love with homemaking and resigns from his job.
  • Double Subverted: But then the baby starts crying, and the roast burns in the oven, and chaos generally breaks loose.
  • Parodied: The house is in shambles as soon as Alice walks out the door.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob seems to be managing the house alright while Alice is gone. But then the baby starts crying... and he quiets her down pretty quickly. Then the roast burns in the oven... but it's alright, he burned it on purpose for a family recipe. But wait, the family recipe tastes nasty.
  • Averted:
    • Bob manages to hold down the house while Alice is gone.
    • Alice and Bob do not switch duties.
  • Enforced: "Let's give 'em An Aesop about respecting the work done by an average Housewife!"
  • Lampshaded: "Oh, everything's fine dear...no, no that wasn't the fire extinguisher..."
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob get into a Cavemen Versus Astronauts Debate about whose work is harder, who contributes more to the household, etc.
  • Exploited:
    • Alice deliberately issues this challenge in the hopes of stopping Bob's complaints about her housework.
    • Or, because she simply wants to take a break for a day.
  • Defied: Alice and Bob agree that they both work equally hard (if in different ways) and contribute equally to the running of the household.
  • Discussed: "Haha, Bob's gonna fail!"
  • Conversed: "Why can't Alice and Bob see that they both contribute a lot to the household?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Because Bob is so inept at housekeeping, he ends up burning the house down and leaving them homeless.
    • Bob's job is very hard or dangerous manual labor, and Alice has just as much or more trouble in Bob's role as Bob does in Alice's. Bob is grateful for the chance to work indoors for a change.
    • House Wife Alice and businessman Bob try to switch roles, however, Bob's boss demands that Alice go home and Bob come into work anyway, as he hired Bob, not Alice.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice and Bob find another home, which Bob promises to take better care of.
    • ...But then Alice and Bob's child becomes ill, and Bob gets sick caring for the child, which leads him to agree that Alice's role is also hard.
    • Bob clears the idea with his boss before switching roles with Alice. The boss agrees, thinking that it would be funny to do so.
  • Played For Drama: The argument becomes Serious Business that threatens their marriage.

I hate to admit it, honey, but you were right. Going back to A Day In Her Apron looks a lot easier than it actually is.

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