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Playing With: Sleeping Single
Basic Trope: A married couple sleeping in two separate beds.
  • Straight: Both members of the couple have their own bed.
  • Exaggerated: Both members of the couple have their own bedroom.
  • Downplayed: Both members of the couple sleep in separate beds, but they're placed so close to each other that they might as well be one bed.
  • Justified: The couple live in a society where it is unusual for people to share a bed.
  • Inverted: There Is Only One Bed
  • Subverted: The couple is shown to have two beds, and then both get into the same one.
  • Double Subverted: However, it was only to better warm that bed up
  • Parodied:
    • The couple have "his and hers" everything, from sinks to telephones to front doors.
    • Each person sleeps in separate houses that are on opposite sides of the country.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes, they sleep in the same bed, other nights they sleep separated.
  • Averted: The couple sleep in a bed that comfortably fits two people.
  • Enforced: The show is created in a time/place where airing pictures of two people in the same bed is considered improper.
  • Lampshaded:
    • The set designer for a Show Within a Show mentions having to make room for two beds.
    • "So...your bed or mine tonight?"
  • Invoked: One character, seeing how happy the couples in 1950s sitcoms are, suggests to their spouse that they adopt a two-bed lifestyle.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: One character, knowing their spouse would try to make them live in this style, makes sure their bedroom is too small to accommodate two beds.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: The couple are unable to have sex due to their never sharing a bed.
  • Reconstructed: The couple find a way to have sex despite their never sharing a bed.

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