Playing With: Convenient Miscarriage
: A pregnancy ends in miscarriage in order to avoid changing the plot too much.
- Straight: Alice is pregnant, but in a later episode she has a miscarriage.
- Exaggerated: Alice gets pregnant several times over the course of the series, always resulting in miscarriage.
- Alice gives birth to a healthy baby, but immediately puts it up for adoption. The baby is never seen or mentioned again.
- Alice gives birth to a healthy baby, but it inexplicably vanishes before the next episode.
- Alice gives birth to a deformed baby that dies almost immediately.
- Alice is sad that she miscarried, but her friends are thankful.
- Justified: Alice has a rare condition that makes it harder for her to give birth successfully.
- Alice always miscarries early on (possibly as a Running Gag) except this time.
- Alice is pregnant for the second half of one season. In the next season's premier, Alice is shown with a baby.
- Double Subverted:
- Alice has a stillbirth at 36 weeks.
- The baby is Alice's niece.
- Parodied: Alice gives birth to a healthy baby, but suddenly the Status Quo God enters the hospital room and uses a Bolt of Divine Retribution to kill the baby against Alice's will.
- Zig Zagged: Alice is pregnant for the second half of one season. In the next season's premier, Alice is shown with a baby. The baby is revealed to be Alice's niece, but it is later revealed that Alice carried the baby as a surrogate for her sister.
- Alice gives birth to a healthy baby.
- There is no pregnancy storyline.
- Lampshaded: "It's a good thing you miscarried, Alice. If you had a baby to look after, you couldn't hang out with us."
- Invoked: Alice knows that she always miscarries due to her rare condition, but continues to get pregnant anyway, possibly hoping she'll get lucky and give birth to a live baby.
- Exploited: Charles the rapist doesn't want to find a Doorstop Baby at his house, so he only rapes women who always miscarry (like Alice) or who are sterile.
- Alice refuses to have sex, for fear that she will miscarry again.
- Alice gets sterilized.
- Discussed: "So Alice is pregnant, is she? Odds are it'll end in a Convenient Miscarriage."
- Conversed: "Why do pregnancies on TV always end in miscarriage?" "I assume it's to avoid changing the plot. They'd get in trouble for writing about an abortion, you know."
- Implied: Alice gains weight over the course of one season of the show, but then suddenly loses it, and there is no sign of a baby at her house.
- Plotted A Good Waste: The original plan was to add the baby to the cast. However, the writers decide to have Alice miscarry for dramatic effect.
- Deconstructed: No matter how many times Alice insists that she miscarried, everyone assumes she had an abortion. She becomes an outcast.
- Reconstructed: Bob convinces everyone in town that Alice did not have an abortion.
- Played For Laughs: Alice has a dark sense of humor about her own miscarriage. ("I didn't terminate my pregnancy. God did.")
- Played For Drama: Alice dies giving birth to her stillborn, and Bob is Driven to Suicide over her death.
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