: A character is stated
to have some kind of job, but the audience rarely, if ever, witnesses it.
- Straight: Alice is mentioned as being a high-profile attorney, but the audience never actually sees her meeting with clients or anything work-related.
- Downplayed: Alice is occasionally seen at the end of her workday, finishing up some paperwork.
- Being a lawyer actually isn't as exciting as Hollywood Law would have the audience believe; most of the day involves large volumes of paperwork and sifting through dusty old books. Since no one would want to watch that, the focus is placed on more exciting aspects of Alice's life.
- Being Personal Isn't Professional
- Alice does the majority of her work from home, and only occasionally goes into her firm's office.
- Alice has a sinecure job: she gets a title and a paycheck, but doesn't actually do work.
- Inverted: Ostensibly, Alice has a personal and social life outside of work, but she only ever seems to be at work.
- Double Subverted:
- But the boring-paperwork aspect of her career is largely ignored.
- Alice ends up working from home, or becoming a Housewife, so she's home.
- She is doing something non-work-related.
- Parodied: ???
- Zig Zagged: Sometimes Alice is seen at work, sometimes at home, sometimes out and about.
- Averted: Alice is unemployed.
- Enforced: ???
- Lampshaded: "I probably should be at work, but what the heck...you only live once!"
- Invoked: Alice's law firm allows her to do the paperwork from home, and come to the office less often. So she has all this extra time to spend with her family, or do whatever she likes.
- This is a way of having Alice Kicked Upstairs.
- Alice knows she isn't monitored very much, so she takes time out of her workday to do non-work-related things like shopping.
- Defied: Alice finds the home environment too distracting to do her work in, so she goes to the office to get her work done.
- Discussed: "What does Alice do again?"
- Conversed: "Who cares? It's not worth watching on TV!"
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