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.
    • Alice is in an Arranged Marriage and Bob is the man she's really in love with (and always was). The only way they can see each other is when he's on his rounds.
  • 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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