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Playing With: Express Delivery
Basic Trope: A pregnancy that begins and ends very quickly.
  • Straight: Alice sleeps with Bob, three months later she gives birth.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice's baby is born 1 week after sleeping with Bob.
    • Alice is pregnant for a total of two minutes.
  • Downplayed: Alice's pregnancy last 5-7 months.
  • Justified:
    • There is only so much time in which to portray events in a storyline.
    • The actress that plays Alice is pregnant, and so a storyline involving the pregnancy is shoehorned in.
    • Alice is not human, and her species (whatever it may be) has a fast pregnancy.
    • The storyline involves Alice having a miscarriage or abortion early in the pregnancy.
    • The timeline is personal rather than calender, so what was 2 months was actually 9 months gone by fast.
  • Inverted: Alice is pregnant for more than a year.
  • Subverted: Alice's pregnancy takes the usual 9 months in the series
  • Double Subverted: 9 months of "storyline time" that is. The episodes were filmed according to filming time, or made use of a flash forward.
  • Parodied: Alice is visibly and heavily pregnant as soon as she's done having sex with Bob, and gives birth the morning after.
  • Zig Zagged: Some pregnancies go fast, others slow, and others at a realistic speed.
  • Averted:
    • Alice's pregnancy lasts for a normal amount of time.
    • Alice does not become pregnant in-series.
  • Enforced:
    • "We need to portray a pregnancy without taking forever to film it."
    • "The actress that plays Alice is pregnant, and we can't hide it at this point; let's make it part of the storyline."
  • Lampshaded: "Didn't you just take a pregnancy test yesterday?"
  • Invoked: Alice, frustrated with the uncomfortable aspects of pregnancy, seeks the help of a witch, who gives her a potion that will speed up her pregnancy.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice has second thoughts about taking the potion, fearing that it could hurt the baby (or her), and decides to just suck it up and deal with her discomfort.
  • Discussed: "It seems like just yesterday, Alice was just starting to show."
  • Conversed: "That was just yesterday!"
  • Deconstructed: It destroys the audience's Willing Suspension of Disbelief; most people know that a pregnancy does not normally go that quickly. (If it does, chances are it's because of a miscarriage or abortion.)
  • Reconstructed: The timeline makes it clear that it's a realistic amount of time.
  • Played For Laughs: Gilligan Cut
  • Played For Drama:

You had the baby already? Didn't you just tell me about two weeks ago?

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