'''Basic Trope''': Doing one relatively simple action would resolve the conflict of the series.
* '''Straight''': AliceAndBob are living in [[AwfulWeddedLife a loveless, unhappy sitcom marriage.]] [[HenpeckedHusband Bob]] finally gets up the nerve to tell [[{{Tsundere}} Alice]] that he wants a divorce. AliceAndBob get divorced, and all the fighting stops, thus ending the season.
* '''Exaggerated''': AliceAndBob get divorced, and the series is literally over; [[LeftHanging there's no telling]] what becomes of AliceAndBob (good, bad, or in-between) after the divorce.
* '''Downplayed''': AliceAndBob are constantly having problems with eachother being secretive. After both start opening up the marriage becomes happier.
* '''Justified''':
** The entire series focuses on those two characters, with the rocky marriage as their primary conflict; ending the marriage basically ends the plot.
** RealLifeWritesThePlot: The actor that plays Bob wants to move onto a new series, so the divorce serves as a GrandFinale to ''AwfulWeddedLife''.
** The series is set [[ValuesDissonance during a time]] when divorce was scandalous (possibly too scandalous for TV), so divorce really ''isn't'' as much of an option for AliceAndBob as the audience (especially a modern, Western audience) might be led to believe.
** Bob and/or Alice are would rather stay married than spend their money on a divorce or don't have enough money for a divorce.
* '''Inverted''':
** AliceAndBob divorce, but the divorce makes the arguing ''worse'', as they quibble and quarrel over things like [[DivorceAssetsConflict assets and debts, child support, alimony]], etc.
** AliceAndBob [[YoYoPlotPoint keep divorcing or breaking up and getting back together]].
* '''Subverted''':
** AliceAndBob get divorced, which opens up any number of new plotlines (such as AliceAndBob reentering the dating scene, GuessWhoImMarrying, DivorceAssetsConflict, just to name a few.)
** AliceAndBob TakeAThirdOption, such as going through couples' therapy or a trial separation.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** But then AliceAndBob [[DivorceIsTemporary get back together]] in a ComedyOfRemarriage, and they're [[StatusQuoIsGod back to their old problems again]]. They get back together ''the same episode'' as the divorce.
** The series makes it clear that although they're attending couples' therapy, it isn't working and a trial separation led only to a GreenEyedEpiphany. AliceAndBob are still anything ''but'' HappilyMarried, and they should have just gotten a divorce.
* '''Parodied''':
** AliceAndBob divorce. Cue Bob lying alone in bed, asking, "Now what?" and hearing only crickets in response.
** After the divorce, Bob's friends throw a "reverse bachelor party" in Hawaii in an attempt to lift his spirits...which (among other things), involves Bob [[JumpingTheShark water-skiing over a shark]].
* '''Zig-Zagged''': YoYoPlotPoint
* '''Averted''':
** AliceAndBob's rocky marriage is only one of many PlotThreads in the series.
** AliceAndBob are HappilyMarried.
* '''Enforced''': "Let's create a DomCom centered around an unhappily married couple!"
* '''Lampshaded''': "We can't get a divorce! That would ruin everything!"
* '''Invoked''':
** AliceAndBob don't love each other anymore, but have developed [[DestructiveRomance a creepy co-dependency]] on each other, and hesitate to get a divorce for just that reason.
** AliceAndBob really can't afford to get a divorce right now, or are waiting for the real-estate market to improve so they can sell the house.
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': AliceAndBob decide that they are going to look at the divorce as a new beginning, not an ending, and take advantage of the opportunity, even though it means stepping out of their comfort zones.
* '''Discussed''': "If AliceAndBob are so miserable, why don't they just divorce?"
* '''Conversed''': "Well, for a series focused solely on AliceAndBob and playing their AwfulWeddedLife for every laugh it's worth, it would kill the premise, and there's no guarantee a ReTool would be more compelling for the audience."
* '''Played For Laughs''': SitCom
* '''Played For Drama''': See "Invoked"
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