Playing With: Vacation Episode
Basic Trope: The normally-homebound characters go to an exotic location and have wacky hijinx.
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- Straight: Alice and Bob take a week-long cruise, visit exotic places, meet colorful characters, and have some fun adventures.
- Exaggerated: Alice and Bob take a week-long trip to the International Space Station, meet a congress of intergalactic aliens, and are called upon to save the universe.
- Downplayed: Alice and Bob take a day trip to the beach and meet a few interesting people.
- Justified: Alice and Bob are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary.
- Inverted: After an excess of fun adventures, Alice and Bob go on an uneventful week-long cruise to unwind.
- Alice and Bob prepare to go on their week-long cruise, but get stuck in traffic and miss the boat.
- Looking to avoid odd happenings, Alice and Bob spend the entire cruise in their cabin.
- Double Subverted: Looking to avoid odd happenings, Alice and Bob spend the entire cruise in their cabin... only for the ship to hit a rock and leave them stranded on a deserted island.
- Parodied: Alice and Bob get food poisoning, their backed-up toilet floods their cabin, the ship gets hijacked by Somali pirates, and they think it's the best vacation ever.
- Zig Zagged: Alice and Bob go on multiple vacations in an episode, spending about half the episode on vacations and the rest at home.
- Alice and Bob steadfastly refuse to leave their home.
- Alice and Bob are always Walking the Earth and never stay anywhere for more than a few days.
- Enforced: The new sponsor of The Alice and Bob Show is a cruise line, and the Vacation Episode is part of a Product Placement deal.
- Lampshaded: "It's amazing how really weird stuff happens to us whenever we go on a trip."
- Invoked: Carol secretly sets up Alice and Bob's wacky encounters to make their cruise more memorable.
- Exploited: Alice writes a book about her adventures and makes a lot of money off of it.
- Defied: Alice and Bob spend the entire cruise in their cabin.
- Discussed: "I wonder who we'll meet on our next vacation."
- Conversed: "Every show we watch seems to have a Vacation Episode."
- Deconstructed: Instead of the actual vacation, the story focuses more on the hassles of getting tickets and preparing for the vacation.
- Reconstructed: The stress of preparing for a vacation convinces Alice and Bob to forgo future vacations and simply enjoy everyday life.
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