Playing With: Flushing Toilet, Screaming Shower

Basic Trope: The plumbing diverts the water in the shower and changes the temperature.
  • Straight:
    • Alice is taking a shower. Bob comes in to pee, does his business, and flushes the toilet. The water in the shower becomes scalding hot, causing Alice to scream.
    • Bob is taking a shower, and Alice decides to do laundry... Which makes his shower go cold.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is taking a shower and Alice turns on the sink, causing the water in the shower to instantly boil into steam.
  • Downplayed: Bob takes a small drink causing Alice mild discomfort.
  • Justified: Alice and Bob have old plumbing in their home.
  • Inverted: Taking a shower causes all the water to drain from the toilet.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob doesn't flush, out of consideration for Alice's shower.
    • Bob flushes and the water in Alice's shower changes temperature- but only because she hit the hot water knob at the same time.
  • Double Subverted:
    • But then he goes out to water the vegetable garden, which does cause Alice's shower to scald her.
    • ...But when Alice turns the knob back to where it was, it turns out the water is now ice cold.
  • Parodied: Bob turns on the sink, and Alice's shower instantly starts spewing flames.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice and Bob have more modern plumbing in their home, designed to avert this.
  • Enforced: Rule of Funny
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: Bob is doing this on purpose with the faucet in the kitchen, alternating the temperatures.
  • Exploited:
    • "You've been in that shower for half an hour. Get out or I'll flush the toilet."
    • Bob wants to take a hot shower, and the fastest way to heat the water up is to flush the toilet.
  • Defied: Bob decides he'll hold it until she's done (of course, if this is a Potty Emergency, he'll either use the toilet without flushing out of sheer desperation or pee somewhere else — out the window, in Alice's backyard garden, in a potted plant, in the kitchen sink, at a neighbor's house, etc).
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Drama:
    • Alice suffers some really nasty scalds.
    • This happens so much that Alice decides to Toilet Seat Divorce Bob.
    • Bob intentionally does this as a form of abuse to Alice.
    • Alice goes to race out of the shower to scold Bob, but she slips, hits her head on the hard bathroom floor, and either has a severe head injury or dies of head trauma.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice screams, leaps out of the shower to yell at Bob, remembers she's naked, screams, covers herself, and hurrries back into the shower.

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