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Playing With: Vacation Episode
Basic Trope: The normally-homebound characters go to an exotic location and have wacky hijinx.
  • 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.
  • Subverted:
    • 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.
  • Averted:
    • 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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