Playing With / Cheating with the Milkman

Basic Trope: A Housewife has an affair with service personnel that visit the house. Compare Pizza Boy Special Delivery, with the added implication of an ongoing illicit relationship (rather than a onetime fling).
  • Straight: Alice has sex with the milkman while Bob goes to work.
  • Exaggerated: Alice has had sex with the milkman, the mailman, the gardener, the ant exterminator, the poolboy and the maid while Bob was at work.
  • Downplayed: Alice flirts heavily with the milkman, but it doesn’t go beyond that.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is unhappy in her marriage, and any one or more of these people pays Alice more attention than Bob does.
    • Alternatively, Alice and Bob have an arrangement: while Bob’s at work with his Sexy Secretary, Alice has the milkman.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob has sex with his secretary while he is at work.
    • Alternatively, Bob has sex with the milkman (etc.) while Alice goes to work.
    • Alternatively, Bob is a milkman who cheats on his wife while at work.
    • Or alternatively, Alice is a milk-lady who cheats on Bob with one of her customers.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • But she secretly has feelings for the milkman, and Bob has been staying late at the office a lot lately … so she eventually caves.
    • But she has to see the milkman every day, and both still have feelings for each other.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Alice doesn’t have an affair with any service personnel.
    • No service personnel come to the house.
  • Enforced: Rule of Funny, Rule of Sexy
  • Lampshaded: “Hi, Alice! Today’s delivery will really do your body good!”
  • Invoked: Alice feels attracted to the milkman, and feels sad that Bob has been working late a lot.
  • Exploited: Charlie becomes a milkman to attract desperate lonely House Wives.
  • Defied: Alice doesn’t wish to cause a scandal or hurt Bob, so she keeps her interaction with the milkman friendly but businesslike.
  • Discussed: “Oh, she knows the muffin-man, alright. Biblically.”
  • Conversed: “If my wife did that, I’d divorce her.”
  • Implied:
    • After Bob goes off to work, Alice waits behind the front door nude.
    • Bob comes home to find Alice nude in bed, the other side clearly having just been vacated. He may or may not find Affair Hair there later on.
  • Deconstructed: Affairs aren’t a solution to marital problems; if anything, they exacerbate them.
  • Reconstructed: Alice and Bob work through their problems and become a stronger couple (so neither will be tempted to stray), or else get divorced.
  • Played for Laughs: Alice is an Abhorrent Admirer to the milkman.
  • Played for Drama: Bob finds out about the affair.

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